Introduction: IRELAND

Year of EU entry: 1993
Political system: Republic
Capital city: : Dublin
Total area: 70 000 km²
Population: : 4.5 million
Currency: Euro
Official languages: English, Irish

Ireland is lauded to be the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world. Being surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets its breathtaking beauty ranges from bizarre lunar landscapes and the mighty Atlantic to labyrinthine caves and crystal clear waterways. It is a land that boasts 40 shades of green; the unique landscape including miles of limestone layers cut through by meandering streams, lakes and labyrinthine caves; and an astoundingly rich cultural heritage.

Ireland’s long and honorable tradition in educational excellence is recognized the world over. Dating back to the middle Ages, Ireland held the position as one of the principal education providers to the western world. Successive modern governments have continued to regard education as a key priority and investment in this area has been sustained for a long time. This has resulted in one of the highest education participation rates in the world today, which, in turn, has had positive implications for the strong economic growth and development of Ireland.

The 11 urban hubs in Ireland are hip, vibrant and cosmopolitan. They are neither too big to be overwhelming, nor very small.

The Irish people are very fond of traditions. The country is woven in traditions. Traditional music and Irish dancing, however, are two of the most lasting and internationally acclaimed. Traditional music is audible all over the country from city center pubs to rural festivals. Also, Irish history is centered on myths and legends. The Celtic myths form the very core of Irish culture right from romantic tales of warriors to the fairy lore.

Ireland is an increasingly popular destination for students from all over the world. The friendliness and hospitality for which Irish people are renowned, contribute to the ease with which overseas students adapt to the way of life and in particular, student life. .

WHY STUDY IN IRELAND

The education system in Ireland is one of the best in the world. Irish education has the highest international quality. The higher education institutions in Ireland are largely recognized for excellence in many disciplines. One of the most enriching reasons to study in Ireland is the Irish people, who are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality. This contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to student life in Ireland.

Friendly Country
Voted by Lonely Planet as the most friendly country in the world (2008 & 2010) Irish people are among the most enriching reasons to study in Ireland. Irish People are renowned for friendliness and hospitality, which greatly contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to student life in Ireland. They are naturally curious and genuinely interested in others.

English Speaking
Ireland is an English speaking country. Some of the great writers in English literature have come from Ireland. These include Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett.

Safe
Ireland has a reputation for being a safe and welcoming country to live in ranking 12th in the 2009 Global Peace Index.

Education System
Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world according to the independent IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2009 (ranks 8th)

Quality
Irish education is of the highest international quality. The quality of the Irish education system is a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth Ireland has experienced over the last few decades.

Open Economy
Ireland’s small open economy has achieved deep integration within the world economy. Among the key factors contributing to this has been the Irish education system in general, and the higher education system in particular. Almost one thousand overseas companies use Ireland as their European base including Google, Intel, Yahoo, Adobe, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Apple and Amazon.com to name but a few!

Excellence
Irish higher education institutions are widely recognized for excellence in many disciplines.

Quality Research
Ireland is recognized as an international location for high quality scientific research.

Young Population
Ireland has a young vibrant population, with 36% of the population under the age of 25, Ireland is one of the most exciting places in the world to be a student.

Beautiful
Ireland is beautiful – much of the countryside remains unspoilt providing an excellent natural habitat for a flourishing flora and fauna. Ireland’s landscape provides a rich environment for the many outdoor leisure pursuits for which it is famous. Watersports, hill walking, rocking climbing and caving are just a few of the many activities, which can be enjoyed when taking a break from study.

Global Centre
Ireland is a global center of artistic and cultural excellence.

Rich Cultural Heritage
Ireland has a rich cultural heritage with its own distinctive language (Gaelic) music, culture and sports.

Dynamic
Ireland is a dynamic, lively and modern country.

Highly Developed Democracy
Ireland is a highly developed democracy with a modern economy. The Irish economy is particularly strong in the areas of software development, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and international services.
The number of international students visiting Ireland is increasing each year, students from all over the world are taking advantage of the higher education standard in Ireland coupled with the unique cultural experience.