Friday, March 4, 2011
Representatives from Ireland to showcase Irish universities in Dallas March 8-9
Dallas was selected as the first city on the Education in Ireland 2011 US tour.
In early March, Dallas gets a head-start on its St. Patrick’s Day festivities as Irish international rugby star Frankie Sheahan and representatives from Irish Universities hit the city to showcase Ireland’s world-class higher-education opportunities. Sheahan, a graduate of University College Cork and one of Ireland’s most popular and entertaining motivational speakers, will address two events hosted by Education in Ireland. His talk will focus on how sports shaped his college experience and created a foundation for his career success.
Both events will be held in Arlington Hall at Lee Park, 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. The first is a student fair on Tuesday March 8 from 4-8 p.m.; the second is an invitation-only breakfast briefing for high-school principals and counselors on Wednesday March 9 from 8-9:30 a.m.
Dallas was selected as the first city on the Education in Ireland 2011 US tour for its growing population of Irish and Irish-American families, and its reputation for nurturing ambitious and global-focused high-school students. Other cities on the tour include Houston, Chicago and New York.
“We’re delighted to showcase our university offerings in Dallas,” said Michelle Dervan, Manager, USA - Education in Ireland at Enterprise Ireland (EI). EI is the Irish government agency that manages the Education in Ireland brand. “The ties that connect Ireland and Dallas are strong and include a rich mosaic of culture, business, sports and education links. In particular, Irish universities have long enjoyed a distinguished reputation in Texas and across the US for their traditions of research and teaching in the liberal arts, social science, science, engineering, and medical disciplines. As Dallas gears up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re looking forward to engaging with students and parents. We know they’ll enjoy hearing a first-hand account of the Irish education experience from our entertaining keynote speaker, Frankie Sheahan.”
The following universities will be represented on the tour: Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Galway, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College, Dublin and the University of Limerick.
Ireland: A top destination for international students
Today, more international students than ever are choosing Irish Universities for their undergraduate degrees. Beyond a reputation for producing distinguished career-ready graduates with top-class, universally accepted qualifications, students are drawn to the country for its generous hospitality, cultural traditions, diverse outdoor activities and a vibrant young population. In fact, Lonely Planet ranked Ireland as the “World’s Friendliest Country” in 2008 and 2010.
They’re especially attracted by the country’s reputation for excellence in the liberal arts. From language and literature, to film and theater, Ireland’s universities consistently produce renowned intellectuals and thought-leaders that inspire, enlighten and entertain the world.
Each year, keen to tap into this education heritage, the number of international students grows, with a substantial portion coming from the US. Here, they can choose from an extensive range of courses at respected business schools, centers of scientific and technology excellence, as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.
Last year, almost 7,000 US students selected Ireland for their study abroad experience. Among the full-time US students, nearly 50 percent are liberal arts majors—pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at an affordable cost. They benefit from a network of international offices with academic, administrative and specialist staff dedicated to fully supporting them throughout their time in Ireland. They also gain from unprecedented access to the extensive European networks supported by the Erasmus program.
With interdisciplinary combinations that range from digital humanities to the latest nano-technologies, Irish universities have empowered generations of students with the knowledge and expertise that helped advance Ireland’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. It is the highly educated, English-speaking workforce and culture of entrepreneurship that compelled top technology companies like Intel, Cisco, Facebook and Google to plant substantial operations in Ireland.
A Country with a History of Investing in Education
Building on its superior education system is a national priority for Ireland. To this end, the Government has invested substantially in the country’s education infrastructure, especially at the university level. This includes allocating more than €865 million over the past decade to the “Program for Research in Third-level Institutions”. This aggressive initiative to strengthen national research capabilities has accelerated the emergence of dynamic new Irish companies—many with substantial operations in the US.
A natural outgrowth of this investment strategy is the rise of partnership programs, especially with US institutions. Today, Irish universities are bridged with US counterparts in virtually every state, making the US Ireland’s top academic partner. For the US institutions, the relationships offer a unique portal to Europe, further expanding the reach of their entrepreneurial researchers. And in the connected classrooms and research labs, students are benefiting from a globalized education experience.
Partners of the Irish universities include: Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the National Institutes of Health, Purdue University, Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley and Yale University.
The student fair is open to high-school students, parents, principals and other parties interested in learning more about the Irish student experience and getting practical tips on how to apply to Irish institutions, and access financial aid. To register for the event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up through the Education in Ireland Facebook page.
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