Strategy 2016-2020

International Education Strategy for Ireland, 2016-2020

Irish Educated Globally Connected: An International Education Strategy for Ireland, 2016-2020 was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, in October 2016.

This Plan represents a key element of Ireland’s growth strategy for the next five years, and an important action as part of the Action Plan for Education. It aims to increase the economic value of this sector to €2.1bn per annum by 2020, a 33% increase. This will involve over 37,000 additional international Higher Education and English Language Training Students coming to Ireland. This will bring the total number of International Higher Education and ELT students in Ireland to over 176,000.

Funding under this strategy will be directed at promotional and marketing campaigns in key target markets such as the US, China, India, Brazil, Malaysia and the Gulf Region, while we will be increasing our focus on high potential market opportunities in countries such as Canada, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Nigeria.

Through the implementation of the International Education Strategy we will -

  • Increase the number of international students studying in Ireland
  • Attract outstanding researchers to our institutions and to build research capacity and commercialisation of research
  • Build world class networks of learning and innovation that can attract funding from outside the Irish education system
  • Equip Irish learners with the skills and experience to compete internationally
  • Have more Irish students integrate overseas experience into their study through maximising mobility opportunities for all
  • Connect the benefits gained from internationalisation in education with enterprises to support the achievement of national economic ambitions
  • Enhance our international alumni networks to build global connections for greater social and economic outcomes for Ireland at home and abroad

Significant consultation was carried out which went into this strategy, including a public consultation, the holding of a number of international student forums, and a heads of mission forum.