Leading Irish Cricketer Kevin O’Brien to “bat” for Ireland’s International Education offering in India

11th May 2012: Education in Ireland has announced the appointment of leading Irish cricketer Kevin O’Brien to help promote Ireland as a destination for world class education to young Indian students.

Indiais a key growth market for Education in Ireland - in excess of 150,000 Indian students travel overseas each year to take up full-time taught postgraduate programmes. Around 1,000 Indian students currently choose to study in Ireland and Education in Ireland is working to increase this number.

Kevin O’Brien is one of Ireland’s most successful cricketers and is well known and regarded by young Indian cricketers following his success in Bangalore in 2011 where he set the world record for the fastest century ever scored at a World Cup.

Kevin will work closely with Education in Ireland to promote Ireland as a destination of world class education to Indian students through one-to-one meetings with students at Education Fairs, participation at Trusted Agents’ Workshops and Press briefings. 

He spent the past week working on the Education in Ireland mission in India during which seven Irish colleges took part in Education Fairs in Delhi, Chennai and Pune to encourage Indian students to choose Ireland as their destination of choice for third level education.

Enterprise Ireland manages “Education in Ireland” – the umbrella brand under which Irish higher education and English language schools are promoted overseas.

Welcoming the announcement, Marina Donohoe, Head of Education at Enterprise Ireland said: “The nature of Ireland’s knowledge intensive export economy makes Ireland a perfect fit for Indian students seeking to gain internationally recognised qualifications in dynamic growth sectors including ICT & Life Sciences. Indian students can make a significant contribution to the intellectual and cultural wealth of campus life, while benefiting from a world class education in an English-speaking country renowned for its friendliness and safety. Ireland’s high calibre educational institutions are keen to encourage more bright young Indian students to study here”.

Kevin O’Brien added “Ireland’s worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence.Irelandis a great place for young Indian students to live and study. It is an honour and privilege for me to bat for Ireland’s international education offering in India.”

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About Education Ireland

“Education in Ireland” is the umbrella brand for the promotion of Irish higher education and the English Language Schools overseas. The initiative is managed by Enterprise Ireland with the support of the Department of Education and Skills and Irish higher education institutions.

Around 32,000 international students currently undertake third level education in Ireland.  The combined value of third level and English language international education in Ireland is estimated to be currently worth €900m to the Irish economy. 

Target markets include India, China, North America, the Middle East and Malaysia. 

To find out more about Education in Ireland visit: www.educationinireland.com

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Paula Chase
Press Officer
Enterprise Ireland

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