A global travel bookings website for homestay accommodation has launched this month and Co-Founder, Tom Kennedy, is keen to emulate the success of his first venture, Hostelworld.com, which became the dominant booking site in the sector.
Italian and Spanish students continued to provide the most business for Irish English language centres last year, however efforts to enter non-European markets are beginning to bear fruit according to the latest statistics from Marketing English in Ireland (MEI).
Ireland has launched a scholarship scheme for students from emerging markets in a bid to increase trade ties. Promoting Ireland as a study destination is "a priority area in the government's Action Plan for Jobs 2013," said Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn.
Keen to lessen the financial strain on home pupils, a private tertiary college in Ireland has hit upon a novel idea: to waive fees for any Irish student who provides lodging to an international student. Griffith College is promoting the offer in Brazil, China and Russia among other markets.
All the future is in developing markets so there has to be joined up enlightened thinking about the whole area of international education and visas and that’s how we’re lobbying. We’re going to continue our efforts from last year in Turkey, China and Russia.
Two magazines aimed at international students but based on opposite sides of the Atlantic have teamed up to promote mobility. Yeah! International Student Magazine, Ireland, will share content with US-based International Student Voice. 4,445 US students went to Ireland in 2011/12; 1,100 Irish went the other way.
Ireland’s universities saw a considerable 8% rise in overseas enrolments in 2011/12. However, growth is not being enjoyed evenly across the tertiary sector, which grew just 2%, with considerable falls at private colleges and institutes of technology.