Foreign student increase to boost colleges

A third-level strategy due to be published in the coming weeks has set out a significant increase in the numbers of international students entering the higher education system in the next five years, writes Elaine Loughlin for the Irish Examiner.

Increasing the number of foreign students who choose to study here would bring an extra €720 million (US$780 million) into the economy, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said. “We are trying to get the brand of education in Ireland as something that people can aspire to,” she said.

In an interview with the Irish Examiner, the minister said: “We have a draft higher education international strategy which is out for consultation at the moment,” adding that it would be published towards the end of January. “Currently, the percentage of international students in higher education is 8.8%. The target is to increase it to 15% by 2020, so that will be in the strategy,” she said.
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