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Study in Ireland

Why Study in Ireland?

Ireland's reputation for high quality education is built on the foundation of commitment to excellence. Its world-renowned universities offer internationally recognised qualifications.

Ireland's higher education system involves a combination of universities, specialised colleges as well as institutes offering a wide range of vocational programs. Some of these include subject areas such as hospitality, pharmacy, healthcare, marketing, textiles, media and many more.

Students must pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These range from the standardised graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

Top Universities in Ireland

Seven public universities of Ireland are ranked within the top 700 of the world as per the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings. Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD) and University College Cork fall within the top 200 of the ranks.

Ireland universities and colleges offer a multitude of courses aimed to provide a rewarding career to the students. Some of the popular streams include:

  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Biotechnology and Pharmacy
  • Applied Science and Hospitality

Skill Shortages

Despite an unemployment rate of almost 15%, there is still a shortage of candidates with the skills, education, languages and experience to take on roles such as software engineers and gaming specialists.

There are engineering vacancies in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors as well.

There are many niche tech companies from mobile telecoms to gaming software to e-learning and bioinformatics hiring at this point. It is a global marketplace and companies here are continuing to win international business.

The maximum vacancies in Ireland are for software engineers specialising in web development, networking, IT security and gaming; electrical engineers specialising in power generation and wind power; biomedical engineers; and project management engineers.

Qualified accountants who specialise in financial control, compliance, treasury and risk are also in demand.

A degree is required for 85% of professional vacancies and 75% of employers demand between two and six years experience.

The Irish economy is dominated by its IT sector which represents one third of Ireland's total exports, sales of approximately €50 billion per annum with 70,000 skilled people employed. Ireland has proven itself as an excellent location for IT companies with many of the world's top companies already located here and taking advantage of Ireland's unique offering.

Ireland is also one of the leading locations for the pharmaceutical industry in Europe. Biotechnology is the major growth segment of the pharmaceutical industry and one of Ireland's most successful business sectors with over €4.5 billion invested by companies to date. The sector now accounts for over 30% of all new drugs in development.

Ireland remains a welcoming location for international financial services firms hence representing further employment in the country's financial IT sector. Accountants, auditors, investment bankers and tax specialists are in demand.