The friendliness and hospitality for which the Irish people are renowned contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to the way of life and in particular, student life in Ireland. 34 higher education institutions in Ireland offer an extensive range of over 5000 programs leading to internationally recognize, quality assured qualifications. International students can choose to meet their education needs in highly respected business schools, centers of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.
Irish universities are in the top 1% of research institutions in the world in terms of research impact in 19 fields, spanning natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. This creates a unique opportunity for you at undergraduate and postgraduate level to join research programs that are driving innovation and changing lives worldwide. According to the Times Higher Education Supplement published in 2008, a good seven universities in Ireland are placed impressively within the top 500 universities covered worldwide. The prominent universities like National University of Ireland, University of Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College, University of Limerick, Griffith College etc. attract students from far and wide. It has 2,081 international academic collaborations with international partners.
Ireland is ranked 14th in the Global Scientific Ranking and 7th in the 2016 Global Innovation Index. Specific Program ranking – 2nd for Chemistry, 2nd for Nanotechnology, 3rd for Animal and Dairy, 3rd for Agricultural Sciences and 4th for Mathematics.
It is the European hub to over 1,000 leading multinational companies, which require a skilled, educated, and highly capable workforce to drive their success chose to locate in Ireland. It is also where some of the world’s biggest and best companies have located key, strategic research facilities. And in Ireland, you’ll find a unique ecosystem that sees academic researchers working hand-in-hand with small homegrown and start-up companies in partnership with some of the most powerful multinationals on the planet through a program for shared research projects. Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature, their writers have had a ground-breaking impact on English literature and have enriched the language with thousands of Irish-derived words and phrases and, for a small country, our authors have amassed a huge haul of literary awards. Over 1,000 FDI giants in ICT, Social Media, Pharmaceuticals and Finance have made Ireland the hub of their European operations, with names such as Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and Genzyme.
To make the country more attractive to overseas students, the Irish government has agreed to allow international postgraduates to stay two years after finishing their degree. The policy extends the Third Level Graduate Scheme for non-EU/EEA residents studying in the country to remain in Ireland to seek employment and apply for a Green Card or Work Permit after two years. The new extension means that the ‘stay back option’ for students at level 9 or 10 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications has now doubled from 12 to 24 months. Specifically, this will apply to those studying for a master’s degree, postgraduate diploma, doctoral degree or higher doctorate. This move will reinforce Ireland in the minds of international students as a welcoming destination as the UK makes their stay back policy stricter.
When it comes to high quality graduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral research studies, Ireland is proving to be a major force to reckon with. This idyllic country offers ample choices in terms of universities, courses, and world-class infrastructure.
The chief attraction of universities in Ireland is its relatively lower fee. Under the “Free Fees Initiative”, most students get to waive off their tuition fee and other related expenses if they are able to meet certain clearly laid down conditions regarding eligibility, nationality, etc. Even otherwise, the total investment is lot lesser than next-door neighbor England, USA and other nations.
Most importantly, Ireland is fast gaining popularity for ‘Courses of the Future’- Data Analytics, Big data Management, Cloud Computing, Robotics, Mobile Technology, to name a few. It is thus the perfect country for students aspiring to innovate in these upcoming fields.