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DIT joins Minister Mitchell O’Connor in Ireland’s largest Education Mission to India

Posted: 5 March, 2018

DIT joins Minister Mitchell O’Connor in Ireland’s largest Education Mission to India

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Dr. Roisin Murray, Assistant Head, DIT School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning, at ‘Education in Ireland’ Fair in New Delhi.

  • Over 2,000 Indian students participated in Education in Ireland fairs in 5 Indian cities.
  • India is now fastest growing market for recruitment of third level students.

MONDAY 5th March

Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. Minister of State for Higher Education has led Ireland’s largest Education Mission to India which included representatives from 20 Irish universities and Institutes of Technology.  DIT was represented by Dr. Roisin Murray, College of Engineering and Built Environment, and by Agnieszka Kasprzak from the DIT International Office.

Arriving in New Delhi on Friday 23rd February 2018, the trade mission was built around Education in Ireland Fairs, organised by Enterprise Ireland in 5 cities.  In New Delhi Minister Mitchell O’Connor met with Irish higher education institutions’ representatives and their Indian agents as well as Indian students and their families considering moving to Ireland to study for a third-level qualification.  At a reception hosted by the Irish Ambassador to India H.E. Brian McElduff, she opened the call for applications for the ‘Government of Ireland -International Education Scholarships’ and launched the ‘Ireland-India Alumni Network’.

In Mumbai the Minister met with officials of the Government of Maharashtra and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Mumbai University to discuss how to develop further collaborations between Ireland and the State of Maharashtra in the areas of international mobility of students, staff and research initiatives.

Speaking on her return Minister Mitchell O’Connor said; “I was delighted to lead the largest Education in Ireland mission to India to date.   It was great to meet and spend time with 20 Irish higher education institutions who accompanied me to promote the Irish higher education sector.   It was wonderful to see our Irish institutions held in such high regard internationally.   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”.

She continued; “This mission was part of the Department of Education and Skills’ plan to substantially increase the numbers of international students studying in our higher education institutions, by 33%, from 33,000 to 44,000 by 2020”.

Giles O’Neill, Head of Education in Ireland at Enterprise Ireland said; “India is now the fastest growing education market for Irish higher education institutions. Latest figures from Enterprise Ireland show a 90% growth in exports from the Irish education sector to India since 2013.  In 2017, Higher Education Institutions saw a rise of 25% in the level of interest from Indian students wishing to study in Ireland. Based on the positive response and levels of interest we have seen from across India on this Education in Ireland mission, we expect to see similar growth in the next academic cycle.  This is as a result of the commitment and resource dedicated to India by our international offices and academics in Irish higher education institutions.  Most importantly, it is down to the experience those Indian students experience whilst in Ireland - a world class education, a tremendous life experience and something that prepares them well for their own international careers”.