‘Foreign students in Ireland can stay back to look for employment opportunities’

Neha Basudkar
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

With the introduction of the new announcement made by the Irish Government to extend the period of stay of foreign students, who are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, to 24 months after they complete their academics in a particular University, more number of students are already registering for their admissions in the Ireland Universities. This was announced at the education fair conducted by Enterprise Ireland on February 24 in New Delhi.

With the introduction of the new announcement made by the Irish Government to extend the period of stay of foreign students, who are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, to 24 months after they complete their academics in a particular University, more number of students are already registering for their admissions in the Ireland Universities. This was announced at the education fair conducted by Enterprise Ireland on February 24 in New Delhi. The education fair was also organised in the city on February 25 where there were 20 Irish Higher Education Institutions engaged with over more than 2,000 Indian students. During the Education in Ireland Fair, Neha Basudkar had a talk with Barry O’Driscoll, Senior Education Adviser, to know the details of the new announcement, which would be helpful for the students in their career. 

How will it be helpful for students to stay back for 24 months in Ireland after their completion of studies?
The Irish government has extended the period during which foreign graduates of masters and doctoral programmes may remain and work in the country after their studies. Under Ireland’s Third Level Graduate Scheme, international students, completing advanced degrees, may stay in Ireland to seek employment, work for up to 40 hours per week, and/or apply for a further work permit or green card. So that means when they graduate in Ireland, they can stay back in the country to look at their employment opportunities. 

How does this compare to other countries?
Other countries like the UK do not have any stay back options, they have actually brought in more restrictions in terms of international students. So If there is an Indian student completing a particular programme in the country, he/she is supposed to return to the homeland after completing the programme, and they wouldn’t have an option to stay back and look for employment opportunities. Students would consider this option in real terms and it would create more craze among the students.  

How many Indian students are studying in various Ireland universities?
We have about 3,000 Indian students currently in Ireland pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses, 90 per cent of those are in the postgraduate level. Ireland is popular majorly amongst the students from Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. All the universities of Ireland are giving a number of scholarships for the students. The deadline to apply for it is until March 24. 

Along with India, students from which countries are pursuing their education in Ireland?
India would be the fastest growing area. So the top three countries when it comes to international students is America, China and India. We get a lot of US students because there is a lot of cultural connect between Ireland and the US, also we get a lot of Chinese students as well, and then we get some students also from Middle East and South America, but India would be the fastest growing of those. 

How is the demand for Irish universities among Indian students?
India is now the fastest growing education market for Irish higher education institutions. Latest figures from Enterprise Ireland show a 90 per cent growth in exports from the Irish education sector to India since 2013. In 2017, Higher Education Institutions saw a rise of 25 per cent in the level of interest from Indian students wishing to study in Ireland.

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