We all know that Indian students prefer UK and US for higher studies. Though it is followed as a trend today, there is some importance given to Ireland these days.
Recent reports say that, Indian students who are now planning to study abroad consider Ireland as a suitable destination.
The most important fact is that, compared to the all-time favorite destinations like UK, US and New Zealand, Ireland education is economically more flexible to study.
Feilim McLaughlin, who is Ireland's ambassador to India, told, "there has been a 100% growth in the number of Indian students in the September round of admissions, in 2013. As compared to last year, although the base has been very small, it grew from an average of 1000 in 2012. Ireland, till now was known as one of the largest education destination for students in America, which is now hoping to create some place among the Indian students."
"The visa waiver programme started in June 2012 that allowed tourists from a number of countries to visit Ireland on a general UK visa, has definitely put Ireland on the map as a tourist destination for travelling Indians. Three years ago we had 14,000-15,000 Indian tourists a year, we saw 19,000 tourists in 2012 and this year we're expecting around 25,000 Indian tourists," says McLaughlin.
"We need to put ourselves on the map for Indian students, show Ireland as one of the viable options for Indian students as a safe, friendly destination with a good education system," McLaughlin added.