Irish Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton released Ireland’s new international education strategy today. Irish Education Globally Connected: An International Education Strategy for Ireland, 2016-2020 launches a new cycle of targets and implementation for Irish educators and policymakers, and builds on a five-year track record of growth under the previous strategy for 2010-2015.
“As a small, open trading economy we must continue to diversify our economy,” said Minister Bruton. “International students, once they graduate, have a very strong role to play in helping Irish exporting companies to internationalise further and reach new markets through their links to their home countries.”
In a nod to the recent Brexit vote in the UK, the Minister added, “There will be strong opportunities for Ireland in the area of international education when Ireland becomes the only English speaking member of the EU.”
Indeed, the new strategy sets out some ambitious goals for growth, including the following.
- A 33% increase in international enrolment in Irish higher education. This aims to build on the 2014/15 enrolment of 33,118 to reach 44,000 foreign students by 2019/20.
- A 25% increase in enrolment in English Language Teaching (ELT) programmes. In terms of head count, this would mean an increase of nearly 30,000 students from 2014/15’s enrolment of 106,000 to reach 132,500 students in the first half of 2020.
- A one-third increase in the overall economic impact of the sector, which would see the economic outputs of international education in Ireland grow from €1.58 billion (US$1.67 billion) in 2014/2015 to €2.1 billion (US$2.34 billion) by 2019/2020.
Read the complete article on http://monitor.icef.com/2016/10/new-irish-strategy-sets-ambitious-goals-2020/