Ireland Targets International Students to Help Deficit

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, has launched a new trusted agents programme to promote Irish higher-level education in India.

This programme is aimed at increasing Ireland’s share of the more than 100,000 Indian students who travel overseas for education each year.

The Minister said the international education sector is currently worth approximately €900m to the Irish economy.

It is estimated that for every 100 international students who come to Ireland up to 15 local jobs are created. The government has identified this sector as a crucial part of our jobs and growth strategy, are plan to double the number of international students coming to Ireland by 2016.

More than 100,000 Indian students travel overseas for education every year. Around 1,000 of these currently come to Ireland. This new scheme hopes to achieve a significant increase in that number.

The programme will be supported with a marketing and communications fund of €63,000 provided by Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Education & Skills and the Irish higher education sector.

Minister Bruton said: “Ireland’s relationship with education agents is critical in communicating the benefits of Ireland as a quality education destination to discerning Indian students.

“The objective of the new programme is to move Ireland up the agenda of education agents in India and make it easier for them to recommend Ireland as a quality education destination to the students the counsel.”

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