Marina Donohoe, Head of Education in Ireland was in the country recently and edex caught up with her on future academic linkages between the two countries and more. “We are fortunate that about 1,000 Indian students have come to study in Ireland. Ireland is one of the few countries that has done a detailed study on the relationship that exists between Ireland and international countries. We have very strong links with China where one of our institutions — University College of Dublin is established in Beijing. We’d like to see some of our institutions established here in India as well,” she begins.
Visa is something that our students are most concerned when applying abroad. On the same page is Donohoe, who says, “We have a positive regime for quality students. First, we’re looking for postgraduate students who need to have a certain level of English proficiency. We turn around visas quickly, and give students 20 hours a week term-time to work. This also enables them to stay back for a year to find a position.”
She also informs that courses in business, information technology and computers have been most sought-after. “Food sciences has also been one of the popular areas,” she signs off.