Enterprise Ireland Education Mission to India Underway

22nd February 2017


India is the fastest growing market for recruitment of third level students

Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Education in Ireland’ mission to India moved on to Mumbai yesterday, 21February 2017, where senior representatives of 16 Irish Higher Education Institutions were joined by Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan.

The education mission, which centres on a series of ‘Education in Ireland’ student fairs, began in Chennai on 18 February and Bangalore on 19 February, before moving to Mumbai. Following that, the institutions will then move onwards to Pune on 25 February and will finish in New Delhi on 26 February.

In addition to visiting the Education in Ireland fair in Mumbai, Minister Halligan will also attend a series of events in the city, including a meeting with the Ministry of Education for the state of Maharashtra. He will also witness an MOU exchange between Trinity College and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Institute and meet with academics from Waterford Institute of Technology involved in an EU-India research cluster for the ICT sector.

Minister Halligan will then travel to New Delhi where he will attend the Education in Ireland fair as well as visit “Adi Gram Samiti” which is an Irish Aid supported NGO working across a wide range of areas to empower underprivileged children and women through education, nutrition, health support, vocational training and income generation.

In New Delhi, Minister Halligan will meet with Indian officials to discuss how to develop further collaborations between Ireland and India in the areas of international mobility of students, staff and research initiatives.

Speaking at a visit to Mumbai University, Minister Halligan said; “Ireland’s higher education institutions are at the forefront of research and innovation. We are known for delivering ‘employment-ready’ skills so students can transition smoothly into the workplace. This has been an important driver in Ireland’s transformation into a high tech, knowledge based economy. The possibility of gaining valuable post-study work experience makes Ireland a very compelling option for Indian students, and Ireland’s third level graduate permission (stay back option) has now been extended to 24 months for graduates at postgraduate and PhD level”.

Minister Halligan added; “This mission to India is part of the Department of Education and Skills’ plan to add €500m to the annual value of Ireland’s international education system by 2020, and to substantially increase the numbers of international students at higher level, by 33%, from 33,000 to 44,000 by 2020. India is currently the fastest growing market for international higher education students”. Our Education in Ireland fairs provides our higher education institutions an ideal platform in India with which to meet prospective students across five of the big metro cities.”

Giles O’Neill, Head of Education in Ireland, at Enterprise Ireland said; “We are extremely pleased with the level of interest from such performing Indian students. We are also delighted about the breadth and depth of the many and varied institutional links, as demonstrated by the number of Irish academics and faculties in India this year, supporting the work of their international teams”

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Further information: 

  • The 16 higher education institutions participating in the Education in Ireland fairs in India are:  College of Computing Technology (CCT), Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin Business School, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Griffith College, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Institute of Technology Carlow, Maynooth University, National College of Ireland, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • The Irish Government has agreed to extend the Third Level Graduate Scheme, for non-EU/EEA students at level 9 and above of the National Framework of Qualifications. The new permission, will double the ‘stay back option’ for masters and PhD students from 12 months to 24 months. 
  • There are currently around 2,000 Indian students studying in Ireland at higher level, and this number is increasing significantly. Around 80% of Indian students in Ireland’s higher education system are studying at postgraduate level. The most popular courses for Indian students coming to Ireland include computing, data analytics, engineering, finance and MBA. 
  • Enterprise Ireland manages the Education in Ireland national brand under the authority of the Minister for Education and Skills. Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the promotion of Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas www.educationinireland.com 

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For more information contact: 

Nicola Corboy

Enterprise Ireland 

Nicola Corboy

+353 1 727 219