Mary Farrell, Adult Guidance Officer with the Adult Educational Guidance Service, Longford and Westmeath ETB, recently represented Ireland at the Salon Europeen de l’Education in Versailles, Paris.
The European Education Fair, which was held over four days, hosted 500,000 students and parents seeking information on educational opportunities within Europe.
Ireland was just one of a number of European countries, including Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Hungary, Belgium, Malta, Portugal and Greece, invited to participate in the Exhibition.
ndeed, Ireland has become a very popular choice for international students for a variety of reasons.
Many Irish universities rank impressively well at world level, both for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
Furthermore, international students are acutely aware of the importance of the English language in the competitive global economy, and are therefore keen to spend at least one year in an Anglophone country.
Of course, an extra incentive for EU students comes in the form of Ireland’s modest registration fees, in contrast to Great Britain, where students are paying fees in excess of €9,000 per annum.