Ireland has published a landmark International Education Strategy 2010-15. This is with a view to creating brand ambassadors for Ireland across countries. Ireland is fully aware that it makes sense to invest in international students.
In the next 4 years, Ireland wants to take in 25,500 international students on full-time courses.
A statutory Code of Practice and Quality Mark is awarded to educational institutions that meet laid down criteria.
This Quality mark will be used by State bodies for visas, immigration, access to labour market and also for promotions.
Ireland intends to fast track degree programme visas. The maximum time a student may stay in Ireland for the purpose of attending courses at degree level is limited to seven years and students are responsible for managing their studies to ensure compliance with this time limit.
Students at honours bachelors degree level and above will be allowed to remain in Ireland for upto one year for the purpose of gaining relevant work experience or developing a business idea.
With a reputation for natural beauty and friendliness, Republic of Ireland also has a long tradition of education. The Republic of Ireland covers 26 of the 32 counties and the remaining counties form Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom.
The National Framework of Qualifications was launched in 2003. The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland is an agency of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation and was set up in February 2001. It has responsibility for developing and maintaining the National Framework of Qualifications and has three principal objects which are set out in the Qualifications (Education & Training) Act 1999:
the establishment and maintenance of a framework of qualifications for the development, recognition and award of qualifications based on standards of knowledge, skill or competence to be acquired by learners
the establishment and promotion of the maintenance and improvement of the standards of awards of the further and higher education and training sector, other than in the existing universities.
the promotion and facilitation of access, transfer and progression throughout the span of education and training provision
Levels for which students from India can apply for student visas
NFQ Level 7 = Ordinary Bachelor Degree (3 years duration)
NFQ Level 8 = Honours Bachelor Degree (3-4 years duration)
NFQ Level 8 = Higher Diploma (1 year duration)
NFQ Level 9 = Postgraduate Diploma (1 year duration)
NFQ Level 9 = Masters Degree (1-2 years duration)
NFQ Level 10 = Doctoral Degree (approximately 4 years duration)
There are 6 awarding bodies in Ireland.
Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), it is Irish version of AICTE
Dublin Institute of Technology
Institutes of Technology (IOT)
State Examinations Commission
Undergraduate courses are usually for the duration of 4 years. Universities and Institutes of Technology (IOTs) would accept the Indian 12th standard, however percentage levels required to gain admission will vary depending upon the course and institution that you wish to study at. As a general guide universities look at a percentage of about 75% to 85% for admissions at undergraduate level, however Institutes of Technology (IOTs) are more flexible while admitting students.
Postgraduate courses are usually for the duration of 1 year. Universities and Institutes of Technology (IOTs) would accept the degrees from recognized Indian universities, however percentage levels required to gain admission will vary depending upon the course and institution that you wish to study at. As a general guide universities look at a percentage of 60% and above, however for Institutes of Technology (IOTs) are more open to admitting candidates with varied backgrounds. Not all IOTs will offer PG courses and also courses across all interest areas. IOTs will also offer mostly courses that are built based on the requirements of the industry.
Every student would like to study at a top ranked institution. Newspapers like The Sunday Times rank all the seven universities and the 14 IOTs based on criteria like entry qualifications of students, research work, employability, firsts awarded, student-staff ratio and drop-out rates. There are no official rankings of Irish institutions, however some figure prominently in the various rankings that cover institutions all over the world like The Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings.