Ireland – as seen from space

This beautiful image of Ireland from space shows the Emerald Isle in its true colours. It shows how the island absolutely lives up to its nickname.

The picture, taken on October 11, 2010, has been shared by Nasa’s Earth Observatory to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
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Nasa explains: “Intense green vegetation, primarily grassland, covers most of the country except for the exposed rock on mountaintops. Ireland owes its greenness to moderate temperatures and moist air.

“The Atlantic Ocean, particularly the warm currents in the North Atlantic Drift, gives the country a more temperate climate than most others at the same latitude.”

That same climate usually means there’s plenty of clouds making the lack of them in this image particularly rare.

It might be St Patrick’s Day but for this image we’re also thankful for the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometre (MODIS) on Nasa’s Aqua Satellite.


Ireland – Proposals for new Apprenticeships

Call for Employers and Education and Training Providers to submit proposals for new Apprenticeships

23rd January, 2015
The Apprenticeship Council is calling for proposals for the expansion of the new Irish Apprenticeship system into new sectors of the economy.

This presents a real opportunity for all industrial and enterprise sectors and professional bodies to lead the development of a high quality and relevant Apprenticeship model that is responsive to the needs of the Irish economy.

Increase in Tourism to Ireland

The first half of 2014 has seen a growth of 10.3%, with 3 and a half Million visiting Ireland.
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The country has seen an influx of tourists from the United Kingdom in the first half of this year, new figures show.
From January to June in 2014, an increase of 13.6% in visits from the UK was recorded.

There were also an increase of 10.6% more people visiting the country from the United States than in the same period in the previous year.

A 6% increase in tourists from mainland Europe was also recorded. This saw a spike of 18% on visits from Germany and a 22% increase in the number of visitors from Spain.

Speaking at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s mid year review, CEO of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons said:
“This is excellent news for everybody involved in Irish tourism and reflects the hard work carried out by Government and all those involved in the tourism industry and in promoting Ireland overseas.”

Students studying Hospitality Courses in Ireland are well placed to benefit from increased opportunities for Employment in the growing Irish Hospitality Sector.

Scholarships for Irish Colleges

Scholarships are available for Overseas Students with English Level of 6.0 Band Ielts or higher.

Apply now for 1,000 euro Scholarship for a Group of selected Irish Universities and Colleges.
A copy of Ielts Certificate is required for this promotion, and Academic documents prior to approval process commencing.

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Irish universities make global top World rankings

Seven of Ireland’s universities have been named among the global top 200 in at least one of the 30 disciplines covered in the QS World University Rankings.

The rankings series reveals the top 200 universities in the world for 30 individual subjects.

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) remains the country’s best-performing institution, making the top 200 in 20 of the 30 disciplines. TCD has the strongest showing in the arts and humanities, ranking in the top 50 in English, coming in at 25th and also in history, placed at 48th.

Top 50

TCD was the only Irish university to enter into the top 50, though seven of the country’s universities make the top 200 in at least one of the 30 disciplines. It also made the top 50 in politics at 46th and modern languages at 42nd.

While TCD came in top place for some subjects, University College Dublin (UCD) was ranked the top Irish institution for Chemical Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering as well as Agriculture and Forestry

University College Cork (UCC) has jumped in two subject areas in particular – environmental sciences and education. Ten UCC subject areas overall make the top 200.

Report shows Ireland as a Leader in International Education

A recent post in ScienceGuide featured an analysis on the effects of  Globalisation on International Education, and reports on  supply and demand over the next decade,  showing interesting points.
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The number of international students will go up.
The reason for this is summarised in the report by the British Council which simply notes “real increases in the overall population of 18 to 22-year-olds, and in the purchasing power in emerging economies despite the recent recession.”

The British Council estimates that the global population of higher education students will grow by 21 million, to roughly 190 million students overall.

Where will demand come from?
The British Council considers that by 2020 China, India, Indonesia, and Brazil could contribute roughly 100,000 international students to the population of those wanting to pursue higher education abroad.
The British Council also sees Nigeria, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia – along with students from other populous countries – as having the potential to lead to a large number of students seeking international study.

What will the demand be for?
The reports projects that about half of the increase in demand for study abroad will be directed at programmes delivered in English. This leaves the English market leaders – the US, the UK, IRELAND, Australia, and Canada – with the potential to command the most international students. But there are caveats:

 The UK’s increasing fees and tighter visa policies could dampen demand from international students.
 Restrictive issues such as economic and racial tensions could have a negative effect on students applying for US and UK Visas.

This clearly leaves Ireland in a Positive position in comparison to other Western Study destinations.

Ireland is more and more being perceived as an attractive destination for International Students, and it places the onus on Irish State Bodies, and Higher Education, as well as Further Education Institutions the need to prioritise:

  • The growing importance of visa and immigration policies to students;
  • The influence of scholarships, tuition, and pricing policies;
  • The sometimes understated value of national and institution-level efforts to make international students feel welcome and even wishing to stay in the country to work;
  • National and Institution-level policy;
  • Marketing efforts;
  • Word-of-mouth from international students returning home and influencing prospective students’ decisions.

All of these factors may well alter the balance of where international students choose to Study, and show Ireland as a Leading Study Destination for International Students over the next decade.

Ireland is the preferred Study Destination in Europe for many International Students.

UK Student visa curbs could cost the UK £2.4bn.


Toughened student visa rules could cost the UK £2.4bn.

The UK Government restrictions could cost the UK economy over the next decade as students opt for rival study destinations, new research claims. The report from Universities UK says Canada, Australia, and Ireland would likely pick up the lost business.


Ireland is now seen as the preferred Study Destination in Europe by many International Students.

Ireland is a popular Study Destination for International Students due to the many benefits which Ireland offers:

English Speaking.

The Irish Experience.

Rich Cultural and History