UCDSU will continue to support student rights

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A campaign has been launched by UCD students to highlight student rights which are currently being violated on the Belfield campus. Students oppose the presence of cameras throughout the residential areas. Officials also hold keys to each apartment and can enter the apartments at any time.

Students believe this is an infringement on basic rights, as these conditions would not be tolerated in other living arrangements, such as private residences.

UCD Residences house over 3,000 students in the separate accommodation locations. The academic year runs from September 2nd until May 19th 2014. Prices range from €4,391 – €8,347 for a fully catered room. The students are required to sign a license to reside; it is this legislation which the students are seeking to renegotiate.

Michael Gallagher, UCDSU President, said: ‘UCDSU is committed to protecting its students’ rights. If this campaign is successful it will ensure that living on campus is affordable, enjoyable and sustainable’.

Katelyn Cook

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Ireland welcomes Indian students

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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.

Gavin Lacey