CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE, One Hundred Thousand Welcomes, says Ireland to International Students. With a reputation for natural beauty and friendliness, Republic of Ireland also has a long tradition of education. The Republic of Ireland covers 26 of the 32 counties and the remaining counties form Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom. Ireland has a strong link to North America and is also part of the European Union. Ireland has one of the youngest populations in the world with the average age of the population being 35.6 years.
10 reasons why Indian students should consider studying in Ireland.
- It is an English speaking country.
- It has short duration Masters degrees, usually 1 year in duration.
- It has a long tradition of providing quality education. The oldest university, Trinity College was sent up in 1592. As a result of sustained investment by successive governments in education industry, Ireland has one of the highest student participation in the world. Over 87% of Irish students between the age group of 20 to 24 years have completed schooling and approximately 60% go on to higher education.
- About 10% of the population is foreign nationals, the society is multi-cultural. Approximately 1500 Indian students currently study in Ireland.
- It is a very friendly society.
- It is closer to home.
- It is home to more than 1000 MNCs who run their back office operations out of Ireland.
- It is at the cutting edge of science and technology. The National Development Plan (NDP), and the Strategy for Science, Technology & Innovation (SSTI) are investing a total of €8.2 billion in research and development during the period 2006-2013. There is a great deal of productive activity and research in the humanities & social sciences and business sectors.
- It provides clear cut road map towards securing work and eventual permanent residency.
- It is a young country like India, 40% of the population is under 25 years of age.