Ireland plans to offer 22 scholarships to Indian students
Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin etc. offering scholarships too
PG students can stay in Ireland for 1 yr after course completion to look for job
In a serious bid to attract more Indian students & with the aim to double their numbers, Ciaran Cannon, Ireland's minister for Education and Skills, is in India along with one of the biggest education trade delegations from Ireland. This delegation included representatives from 16 Irish universities and institutes like Dublin City University, National University of Ireland, Galway,Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin and would be visiting New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, organising education fairs for students.
"We want very strong education ties with India. We not only want Indian students to come to Ireland but we also want Irish students to come to India. India and Ireland have old ties. May of our missionaries run schools here,” Cannon told reporters. “India, along with Brazil and China, is one of our three priority countries for Ireland's international scholarships,” he emphasised.
"In 2013 we will be offering 22 scholarships. These will be extremely valuable: full fee waiver and Rs.700,000 stipend for one year. Last year, 15 scholarships were awarded to Indian students, more than to any other country," he said.
"To enhance ties with India, we are planning special scholarship for Indian students this year. We currently have around 100,000 overseas students and around 850 of these students are from India. We are looking at doubling that number in the next two to three years," said Cannon
Irish institutes like Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and National University of Ireland, Maynooth have also introduced India specific scholarships to woo Indian students.
Trinity College Dublin has scholarships valued at 9,000 per year for Indian students pursuing full-time studies in a four-year degree course. The scholarships can be for any undergraduate course offered in arts, humanities, social science, science, computer science and engineering.
University College Dublin will offer 10 undergraduate scholarships to Indian students in 2013, which will cover 50% of the tuition fee in the science, business, social science and arts programmes.
The Irish government has also relaxed the visa norms for post graduate students coming to the country. Post graduate students can stay in the country for 12 months after the completion of their course to look for jobs. "Ireland has the most employable graduates in the European Union. This is because of strong integration between educational institutes and key industries like financial services, ICT, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medicine. The relaxed visa norms will also enable Indian students to work in the country after finishing their studies," said Cannon.