As coronavirus continues to dramatically reshape how higher education systems operate, smaller destinations such as Ireland are setting the bar high for their approach to supporting international students at a time when others have been accused of allowing them to "fall through the cracks".
The number of international students at Irish third-level institutions has surged over the last three years, with the majority feeling generally positive about their educational experiences, a new survey has found.
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.
Ireland’s English language sector has been hit once again by the closure of a further two schools bringing total school closures to five in recent weeks and leaving hundreds of students displaced. Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has set a joint task force to meet on Friday to answer concerns from student protests held this week.
Eden College in Dublin has been shut down with immediate effect following a Sunday Times investigation that exposed staff of offering to alter attendance records, an act in breach of visa regulations. An estimated 400 ELT students have been affected of the total 1,200 enrolled students on courses including business, nursing and hospitality programmes.