Richard Bruton TD has today announced that Ireland is on track to double the number of Indian students studying third level degrees in the country by 2014.
There is an anticipated growth of over 2,000 Indian students from India over the next 18 months with 120% increase in Indian student visa applications.
The announcement was made during Bruton’s 5-day trade and investment mission to India, during which Irish universities and education institutes unveiled a range of new programmes and partnerships with Indian institutions.
UCD will launch an office in Delhi to support partnerships in education and research, as well as support students who apply to UCD.
Minister Bruton said: ‘International students have a significant impact on the Irish economy. These Indian students also play an important role in deepening the business, cultural, education and research ties between India and Ireland.’
Indian student Reshma Ann, who is currently studying in DIT, thinks it is a good move. Detailing her experience in Ireland, Reshma said: ‘It’s good. My experience in Ireland hasn’t been bad, everybody is nice and the teachers are very good’.
However, Reshma has noticed a drop in Indian students coming to Ireland: ‘They are all going to different countries now. I know there isn’t as many students here as there was in the past, that’s why they’re probably trying this new initiative’.
Further partnerships and programme announcements are expected over the coming year.