NEW DELHI: Over 3,000 Indian and Sri Lankan students registered for an Ireland education fair hosted by Education in Ireland, a Government of Ireland brand under the authority of the Minister for Education and Skills.
“The challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the study abroad dream of many Indian students. International travel restrictions and the ensuing confusion that followed with virtual classrooms raised several doubts and concerns. Ireland has been taking decisive steps to combat the situation and last month was even named the best country for its response to the pandemic,” an official statement said.
The virtual event witnessed 45 representatives from 20 Higher Education Institutions and several government and visa officials help students understand the procedures and requirements for their transition to becoming an international student in Ireland.
Speaking about Ireland’s commitment to motivate students to pursue their study abroad plans, Barry O’Driscoll, Regional Manager, India and South Asia for Education in Ireland said: ”The Education in Ireland Virtual Showcase brings together Indian and Sri Lankan students on an online platform to provide a transparent and straightforward interaction with Ireland’s top higher education institutes… It was indeed heartening to see the great number of participants attend the Showcase.”
Representatives at the event answered students’ queries ranging from admission and English test requirements, scholarships opportunities, PhD fellowships, to COVID-19 handling in Ireland along with job prospects in Ireland, and salary expectations for graduates in different sectors.
There was heightened interest in courses like engineering, business, data science, computer science, at the same time programmes such as veterinary studies, dentistry, psychology, social work, information systems, biopharmaceutics engineering, hospitality, the instructional design also seemed to be in high demand, the official statement said.