Data Shows Increase in Non-EU Student Numbers in Ireland in 2021


Samarpita Goswami
Updated on Apr 08, 2022 11:37 AM IST

International students from both non-EU and EU countries are demonstrating interest to study in Ireland because of its affordable fees and living costs, as per a recent report.

Data Shows Increase in Non-EU Student Numbers in Ireland in 2021

Ireland is emerging as a preferred education destination for international students and the Irish universities have recorded double-digit growth in the number of student enrollments. Dublin City University has enrolled 23% more non-EU students, while Trinity College Dublin has shown growth of 11%, University College Dublin recorded growth of 9% and at the University of Limerick, enrollment has increased by 4%, as found by The Times.

From July to October, the students demonstrate a particularly intense interest in joining the universities. Ireland has also earned profit during 2021 as other English-speaking countries were inaccessible during this time owing to the pandemic. International students are choosing Ireland for their higher studies due to its affordable fees and living costs.

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The mergers of universities have also boosted the growth in the student population. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology have merged together to form Atlantic TU to create an educational powerhouse for Sligo. The university aims to attract overseas students by delivering a high-quality technological university program amidst the beauties of Ireland. They will focus on marketing and branding to cut through the competition.

Apart from the Non-EU students, there has been an increase in the number of EU students too in the colleges of Ireland. Almost 17,000 EU students have been admitted to TCD, whilethe University of Limerick and the University ofMaynooth have displayed an increase of 34% and 28%. From 2020 to 2022, there has been a 20% increase in both undergraduate and postgraduate admissions in Ireland.

Ireland was found to be the fourth most popular alternative to the UK as a study destination according to a survey by the study search platform in 2020. Ireland is benefitting from the loss of interest of students in UK universities for its high fees and inaccessibility of student loans.The EU students enjoy the benefits of same fees and other benefits as the Irish students.

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Simon Harris, Ireland's Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science, said that a series of initiatives have taken action to build an institutional partnership. The Irish Universities are involved in seven partnerships under the European University initiative which is a massive increase in Horizon funding and in funding for the Erasmus program. To him, partnership in education is more than the Erasmusprogram and he considers something must be done in that space.

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Source: The PIE News

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