Ireland set to double the number of 3rd level Indian students studying in Ireland by 2014 – Minister Bruton

19th November 2013

Enterprise Ireland 5 Year target for 5,000 Indian Students in Ireland

120% increase to date this year in Indian applications to study in Ireland

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today (Tuesday 19 November 2013) announced that Ireland is on track to more than double the number of Indian students coming to Ireland to pursue third level education programmes by the end of 2014, the majority of which will be at advanced post-graduate level. Enterprise Ireland’s strategy is to grow the number of Indian students to over 5,000 over the next five years, generating fee income of approximately €50 million, with a further €50 million direct spend in the economy on accommodation, services and other related expenditure.

Minister Bruton made the announcement during this week’s 5-day trade and investment mission to India, organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland with the support of the Embassy of Ireland in India, during which Irish universities and education institutions announced a range of new programmes and partnerships with Indian institutions.

The anticipated growth to over 2,000 students from India over the next 18 months, coupled with a dramatic 120% increase in Indian student visa applications for Ireland to date this year, is evidence that Ireland is rapidly growing its share of the huge Indian education market. The mission coincides with Education in Ireland fairs in Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai, focussed on promoting the high quality internationally recognised education qualifications and rich cultural experience that Ireland has to offer for Indian and other overseas students. Education in Ireland is the international brand promoted by Enterprise Ireland for the Irish international education sector. 17 Irish Higher Education Institutions and colleges are attending the fairs, building on their already well-established links with India.

Welcoming the strong progress being made Minister Bruton said: ‘International students have a significant impact on the Irish economy. In the short term they deliver fee income, local expenditure and job creation in Ireland, and in the medium to long term, they build strong strategic relationships with future key influencers in India which can deliver major benefits in the form of trade and investment over future years. On the jobs front, we can anticipate over 650 new jobs on the basis that approximately 13 new jobs are estimated to be created for every 100 international students that come here. These Indian students also play an important role in deepening the business, cultural, education and research ties between India and Ireland. International education is a sector where Ireland can really excel, and the progress being made by our colleges in the Indian market is tremendously encouraging’.

The announcement of new programmes and partnerships with India by a number of Irish colleges attending the Education in Ireland fairs this week also confirms their confidence in this market and their ongoing success in winning new business and increasing Ireland’s share of India’s international education market. Among the announcements are:

  • The launch by UCD of an office in Delhi to support partnerships in education, research and innovation with institutions, companies and other organisations in India, as well as support students who apply to UCD. UCD is also launching four ‘V.V. Giri’ Global Excellence Full Tuition Fee Scholarships. V.V. Giri, the fourth President of India, studied Law in UCD between 1913 and 1916.
  • The signing of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) by WIT with two prestigious Indian Universities, VIT University Vellore and Manipal Institute of Technology (Manipal University) focussing on collaborative research and staff and student exchange programmes. This brings to 27 the number of formal MoUs beween Irish institutes of higher education and Indian counterpart higher education institutions.
  • UL has launched its new Bachelor of Technology in Aircraft Maintenance and Operations.

Further partnerships and programme announcements are expected over the coming year.

Kevin Sherry, Enterprise Ireland Head of International Sales and Partnering, who is accompanying Minister Bruton on the mission added: ‘Ireland’s education institutions are already making a name for themselves in the Indian market, and are successfully building a very strong and recognisable brand under the Education in Ireland banner. They are making enormous strides in positioning Ireland as a quality and respected education destination for Indian students. This mission is about building on this progress and continuing growth to the mutual benefit of both countries’.



For further information contact:

Paula Chase

Press Officer 
Enterprise Ireland

+353 1 7272842

Paula Chase

Conor Quinn

Press Adviser, Dept. of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, 

+353631 2218

+353 87 3743783


Notes for Editors

For further details on the trade and investment mission to India please see:


  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin Business School
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Griffith College
  • Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB)
  • Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)
  • National College of Ireland (NCI)
  • NUI Galway
  • NUI Maynooth
  • Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)