Quality and Qualifications Ireland has welcomed cabinet approval of a Bill that will enhance QQI's powers in the area of English language education, but David O'Grady of MEI withheld his judgement on the legislation.
The Irish Department of Justice has confirmed reforms it laid out in May for Ireland’s international educators will come into force this month, including the publication of an updated list of providers eligible to accept international students.
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).
Chinese students will be able to study English in Ireland more easily under a new visa scheme aimed at boosting the language sector. 55 schools will be able to recruit through “trusted agents” in China while eligible Chinese students will need to provide fewer documents and will have their applications fast-tracked by the Irish Embassy in Beijing.