Ireland institutions hold fair for students

A group of 16 institutions of higher learning from Ireland took part in ‘the students’ recruitment fair’ in the City on Saturday, to promote their country as a preferred destination for higher learning and employment.

Steven Baptist, who completed his Bachelors in Computer Applications (BCA) from St Joseph’s College, said: “I want to pursue an MBA and in one of the institutes I inquired at the fair, told me that the tuition fees is around 13,000 Euros a year (around Rs 10 lakh).”

Sarbojit, working for an IT company in the City, came to the fair with his wife who wants to pursue an MBA. “The tuition fee for MBA at one of the institutes my wife inquired is 8,500 Euros per year and another 7,500 Euros for lodging and food, which is decent”  

There are, however, certain conditions that might put some aspirants off. All those applying to the country need a four-year undergraduate degree whereas many students in India have three-year undergraduate degrees.

“Those with an undergraduate degree of three years can pursue a Masters degree of two years, instead of the regular one year degree,” said Marketing and Development Manager, ITB, Mairead Murphy.    
Geetha E M, representing Dublin Business School, another university at the fair, said: “Candidates with a score of 60 per cent and above in their undergraduate degrees of four years are eligible for a scholarship of 1000 Euros a year (Rs 72,000). Also there is a one-year stay-back policy of the Irish government during which one can look for a job and find work after completion of their Masters degree.”    

Ireland Education, an organisation promoting education globally for the Irish government, held the fair starting on November 22 in Delhi and Mumbai too. It will conclude on December 1.    

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