Ireland's ELT industry body Marketing English in Ireland is set to introduce strict due diligence procedures for new members and tighten its learner protection policy in a membership criteria overhaul following a ninth school closure this month.
Only accredited English language and higher education programmes will be permitted to recruit international students in Ireland from next year, under a major reform of student immigration and the international education sector announced this week. “These reforms are crucial to ensuring that only those providers which can offer the highest standards can attract international students," said the Minister of Education.
Pearson PTE Academic, the computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad, has opened its first ever test centre in the Republic of Ireland this month.
The Business and Computer Training Institute in Dublin has become Ireland's sixth private college to close its doors. With the exception of the disruption the closure brings to genuine students, sector stakeholders have reacted positively to the closure as a way of weeding out bogus operators.
Former founder and CEO of IH Dublin Karen Nolan and and Larry Finnegan have acquired a 50% stake in Future Learning Ireland, a Dublin-based English language summer school focused on integrating technology into classroom practice and lessons. Nolan and Finnegan will take a 'hands-on' approach as investors.
An Irish acquisition recently announced sees two well known brand names in the international education space under new owners. Dublin-based Independent News & Media has sold private third-level college Independent Colleges Ltd and ELT operator IH Dublin. The new owners are members of the Cork-based Barry family and owners of Barry’s Tea brand.
Three leading Dublin universities have collaborated with the Emerald Cultural Institute (ECI) to offer pathway programmes that, upon completion, will guarantee students access to complete their undergraduate studies at Dublin City University, the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Ireland’s Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has informed The PIE News of his plans for an “approved list” of ELT schools following the closure of a number of language schools in recent weeks. He added that he hopes to see the launch of a new ELT accreditation scheme from January 2015.