19 November, 2017 - Minister Bruton leads Education, Investment and Innovation Mission to the Republic of Korea and Vietnam

Enterprise Ireland Education mission to include the signing of new bilateral agreements between Irish institutions and South Korean and Vietnamese universities

Minister Bruton to address 6th Asia Europe Ministers (ASEM) Education Meeting as part of 6 day trip

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. Minister of Education and Skills will lead a six-day Enterprise Ireland education mission to the Republic of Korea (20-23 November) and Vietnam (23-25 November 2017).

This is the Minister’s second major trade and education mission as Minister for Education and Skills. It will be his 31st major trade and investment mission since his appointment to government in 2011.

The Minister will meet with a number of key partners during the trip and take part in a number of strategic meetings, aimed at improving links between Irish and South Korean and Vietnamese institutions.

In South Korea

Minister Bruton will meet with the Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and Deputy Prime Minister/Minister for Education Kim Sang-kon and other EU and ASEAN Education Ministers, ahead of a Conference between Education Ministers from across Europe and Asia which will discuss opportunities for cooperation.

He will witness the signing of three bilateral agreements between Dublin Institute of Technology and three South Korean universities – Hanyang University, Kyungpook National University and Soongsil University. These agreements will enable student and staff exchanges over the next 5 years.

Minister Bruton will meet key partners for leading Irish English Language Training providers and be the guest of honour at a networking event in Seoul between approx. 100 guests including Irish alumni, guests from Korean universities and Irish Higher Education Institutes and language schools to facilitate new partnerships and build existing bilateral relationships in the education sector.

In Vietnam

Minister Bruton is expected to meet with Vietnam’s Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha, Mr. Hoang Truan Hai, Hanoi Party Secretary and Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

He will also attend a ceremonial exchange between UCC, UCD and Vietnam National University under the Vietnam Ireland Bilateral Exchange (VIBE) programme funded through Irish Aid.

The Minister will witness the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding. One between Trinity College Dublin and Vietnam National University and one between the Department of Education and Training of Ho Chi Minh City and ICDL Asia, an Enterprise Ireland client.

Speaking before departing, Minister Bruton said, “Increasing international cooperation is a key objective under my Action Plan for Education, which aims to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe within a decade, and our International Education Strategy. I am looking forward to increasing opportunities for Irish students to travel to Vietnamese and South Korean higher level institutions, by strengthening and buildingpartnerships with institutions in these countries. I will also be encouraging more Korean students to travel to and study in Ireland. By building these bilateral relationships, we can ensure mutual benefit for both the institutions and students alike”

Giles O’Neill, Head of Education in Ireland said; “This education mission to South Korea and Vietnam is an important part of our strategy to explore mutually beneficial opportunities in well-defined markets. The programme clearly demonstrates a strong collaborative approach to international education and business, something that South Korea and Vietnam place enormous value on and Irish educational institutions and companies are well equipped to respond to”.


Notes to the Editor:  

Enterprise Ireland manages the Education in Ireland national brand under the authority of the Minister for Education and Skills. Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the promotion of Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas.

*Education partnerships funded through the Vietnam Ireland Bilateral Exchange (VIBE) programme by Irish Aid:

University of Science & Technology, Hanoi and University College Cork (UCC).

National Economics University, Hanoi and Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

University of Economics, Danang and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

Hanoi University and University College, Dublin (UCD).

Vietnam National University and University College, Dublin (UCD) Innovation Academy

Vietnam National University of Social Sciences and Humanities and University College Cork, Department of Food Business and Development