AIT’s International Office Joins Minister Mitchell O’Connor in Ireland’s largest Education Mission to India to date.
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.
Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. Minister of State for Higher Education arrived in New Delhi, India on Friday 23rd February 2018 to lead the ‘Education in Ireland’ trade mission to India and she was accompanied by a delegate group of 20 higher education institute of which included Karl Turley, New and Emerging Markets Coordinator from AIT who represented the Institute and the AIT international office as part of the successful delegation.
The trade mission was built around Education in Ireland Fairs organised by Enterprise Ireland in 5 cities; Chennai; Bangalore; Kochi; New Delhi and Pune. Admission staff and academics from 20 Irish Higher Education Institutions engaged with over 2,000 Indian students during the Education in Ireland Fairs, making this the largest education mission to India to date.
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”.
Karl Turley, AIT’s New and Emerging Markets Coordinator when commenting on the successful trip said, “Athlone Institute of Technology recently participated in Ireland’s largest Education Mission to India. This delegation was led by Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. Minister of State for Higher Education which included representatives from 20 Irish universities and Institutes of Technology. The Education Mission was a huge success with over 2,000 Indian students participating in Education in Ireland fairs across 5 Indian cities.”
AIT joined Minister Mitchell O’Connor on Saturday 24th February when they visited the Education in Ireland Fair in New Delhi and met with Indian agents as well as Indian students and their families considering moving to Ireland to study for a third-level qualification.
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”.
The 20 higher education institutions that participated in the 5 Education in Ireland fairs in India were: Athlone Institute of Technology; Cork Institute of Technology; College of Computing Technology; Dublin Business School; Dublin Institute of Technology; Dublin City University; Griffith College Institute of Technology Blanchardstown; Institute of Technology Carlow; Limerick Institute of Technology; Letterkenny Institute of Technology; Maynooth University; Michael Smurfit Business School; 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.