Legislation to introduce an International Education Mark (IEM) that will provide international students with confidence that their college or school is reputable is part of a draft outline of a law to be introduced by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D.
The latest Higher Education Authority report "What do Graduates do? The Class of 2015" reflects the continued improvement in terms of finding a job nine months after graduation. The proportion of graduates with a Bachelor, Master or PhD degree who are in employment is 68% up 3% on 2014.
English is the most studied language at primary and secondary levels in the EU. Almost all students (97.3%) learnt English during lower secondary education in 2014. In addition, the proportion of students learning English at primary level has increased at EU level by 18.7 percentage points since 2005, reaching a total of 79.4%.
Under Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM), the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance welcomed two academics, Fadi Deeb and Ahmad Al Khatib, BirZeit University, Palestine in April for a week of teaching, exchange and collaboration, reciprocating a visit by Dr Niall Keegan and Avril Mc Loughlin to Palestine earlier this year.
2017 Government of Ireland (GOI) International Education scholarships
30 years of Study, Work and Travel for over half a million Europeans travelling to and from Ireland thanks to the Erasmus+ programme
Cork Institute of Technology celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Erasmus Programme in style at the Second International Ball at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel in Cork city. The event attended by over 150 people including Erasmus exchange students (including former outgoing Erasmus students), international full degree students, Erasmus academic coordinators, CIT support staff and the International Office staff was by all accounts a "lively night"!
1 345 students from all over the world have just received the good news that they have been awarded an EU-funded scholarship to begin studying for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree this autumn.
The European Commission is to host a major conference on social innovation in Brussels from 24-25 October 2017.
The 2017 call for nominations for the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medals in the Social Sciences, the Environmental Sciences and Geosciences has been made. In 2017, one Gold Medal will be awarded in each of the named areas.
Irish higher education institutions and state agencies are playing a not insignificant role in assisting other countries expand and enhance their higher education systems.
Cedefop is looking for national experts based across Europe to co-operate for the development of national lifelong guidance and careers education systems.
The Fourth Glenstal History Conference: The Augustinian Canons and Canonesses in Medieval Ireland will take place this summer from 30th June - 2nd July in Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick.
Since the publication of the call for expression of interest on 13 February 2015, the European Investment Fund (EIF) has entered into guarantee agreements with six financial intermediaries in five countries. This corresponds to a budget allocation of €26m in guarantees and €160m in terms of loans (allowing for some 12,000 student loans).
The 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and the 30th Anniversary of the Erasmus Programme are being celebrated this year.