Irish colleges strike deals with Indian institutions during trade mission

19 Nov 2013

Irish colleges attending Education in Ireland fairs in India this week have struck a number of programmes and partnerships with Indian institutions, winning new business and increasing Ireland’s share of India’s international education market.

The fairs, which coincide with a five-day Enterprise Ireland trade and investment mission to India, are taking place in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and New Delhi.

The fairs have been focusing on promoting the education qualifications and cultural experience that Ireland has to offer Indian and other overseas students.

Seventeen Irish higher-education institutions are attending the fairs, among them University College Dublin (UCD). UCD has launched an office in Delhi to support partnerships in education, research and innovation with institutions, companies and other organisations in India.

The office will also support students who apply to UCD, which is also launching four ‘V.V. Giri’ Global Excellence Full Tuition Fee Scholarships. V.V. Giri, the fourth president of India, studied law at UCD between 1913 and 1916.

The University of Limerick (UL) has launched its new bachelor of technology in aircraft
maintenance and operations, while Waterford Institute of Technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two Indian universities, VIT University Vellore and Manipal Institute of Technology (Manipal University).

That MoU, which focuses on collaborative research and staff and student exchange programmes, brings the number of formal MoUs between Irish institutes of higher education and Indian higher-education institutions to 27.

Kevin Sherry, Enterprise Ireland head of International Sales and Partnering, said Ireland’s education institutions are already making a name for themselves in the Indian market, and are successfully building a strong and recognisable brand under the Education in Ireland banner.

“They are making enormous strides in positioning Ireland as a quality and respected education destination for Indian students,” Sherry said.

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Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic