STUDY in IRELAND
Ireland is a part of European Union and is a very dynamic and modern country with a young population of 40% population below 25 years and one of the fastest growing economics in the world, with population of 4.33 million. The country also boasts the highest quality of life in the world, ranking first in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Quality-of-life index. Ireland has topped a list of the World’s Friendliest Countries in a survey drawn up by the Lonely Planet travel guide group.
Ireland was first settled around the year 8000 BC, when hunter-gatherers came from Great Britain and Europe, possibly by land bridge. Early Irish society was organized into a number of kingdoms, with a rich culture, a learned upper class, and artisans who created elaborate and beautiful metalwork with bronze, iron, and gold. Irish society was pagan for thousands of years. This changed in the early fifth century AD, when Christian missionaries, including the legendary St. Patrick, arrived. Christianity replaced the old pagan religions by the year 600. Two centuries later, from the early ninth century AD, Vikings invaded Ireland. These attacks went on for over 100 years. Irish society eventually assimilated the descendants of the Vikings.
Beginning in 1534, military campaigns put down Irish chiefs who would not submit to the English king. During the next century and a half, Catholic Ireland was conquered, and religion became a source of division and strife, a role it held until recent times. In 1801, the Irish parliament was abolished and Ireland became part of “the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland”. The Irish War of Independence began in 1919 and continued until 1921. In 1922, the southern 26 counties of Ireland seceded from the United Kingdom. The new country called itself the Irish Free State. Gaelic was restored as the official national language, together with English. Ties with Great Britain were cut in 1948. The country became known as the Republic of Ireland. The other six counties in the north of the Ireland, called Northern Ireland, remained part of the UK, which they still are today.
The economy of Ireland is a modern knowledge economy, focusing on services and high-tech industries and dependent on trade, industry and investment. In terms of GDP per capita, Ireland is ranked as one of the wealthiest countries in the OECD and the EU-27 at 5th in the OECD-28 rankings as of 2008.
A 2005 study by The Economist found Ireland to have the best quality of life in the world. After a year with side stepping economic activity in 2010, Irish real GDP rose by 2.2% in 2011 and 0.2% in 2012, which was mainly driven by strong improvements in the export sector – while private consumption remained subdued. In May 2013 the European Commission’s economic forecast for Ireland predicted its growth rates would return to a positive 1.1% in 2013 and 2.2% in 2014.
Ireland’s climate is influenced most by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it doesn’t have the extreme temperatures that other countries at similar latitude would have. The average temperature is a mild 50°F. A major warm ocean current called the North Atlantic Drift keeps sea temperatures mild too.
The culture of Ireland includes customs and traditions, language, music, art, literature, folklore, cuisine and sports associated with Ireland and the Irish people. For most of its recorded history, Ireland’s culture has been primarily Gaelic. It has also been influenced by Anglo-Norman, English and Scottish culture.
Due to large-scale emigration from Ireland, Irish culture has a global reach and festivals such as Saint Patrick’s Day, Halloween and The Twelfth of July are celebrated all over the world. Irish culture has to some degree been inherited and modified by the Irish diaspora, which in turn has influenced the home country. Though there are many unique aspects of Irish culture, it shares substantial traits with those of Britain, other English-speaking countries, other predominantly Catholic European countries, and the other Celtic nations.
In the 21st century, the usual modern selection of foods common to Western culture has been adopted in Ireland. Common meals include pizza, curry, Chinese food, Thai food, and lately, some West African dishes and East European (especially Polish) dishes have been making an appearance, as ingredients for these and other cuisines have become more widely available.
Traditional dishes, such as Irish stew, coddle, the Irish breakfast, and potato bread have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Fish and chips take-away is popular.
The key sectors of the Irish economy are services, industry and exportation. Within industry, chemicals, computer equipment and food products are all big contributors to gross domestic product (GDP). Trade and exportation have grown hugely in recent years. The country is one of the world’s largest software exporters thanks to low taxation, its geographical location and the fact that English is an official language of the country.
As a result, industry giants in ICT, pharmaceuticals, social media and finance all have offices in Ireland, these large multinational companies include: Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Twitter, Google, Apple, Facebook, GSK, Genzyme. Sectors that are in need of skilled workers include: IT, Accounting, Business and Finance, Healthcare, Engineering.
Ireland’s annual tourism industry review shows that all markets showed healthy growth, with increases in air access resulting in record numbers of visitors from the US and a return to increased tourists from the UK and continental Europe. The review also said that based on Central Statistics Office figures, it is estimated that 139,800 people work in the accommodation and food service sectors. An extra 2,100 jobs have been created in the sector since last year.
However, Fáilte Ireland said that when other parts of the industry are included – such as conferencing, attractions and festivals – the numbers employed have actually reached 205,000, up 5,000 on last year. Expectations for next year within the tourism industry are very positive. 99% of accommodation providers expect the same or increased number of tourists next year as well.
- Full name: Republic of Ireland
- Population: 4.595 million (2013)
- Capital: Dublin
- Largest city: Dublin
- Area: 84,421 sq km
- Major language: English, Official
- Major religion: Christianity
- Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 82 years (women)
- Monetary unit: 1 Euro = 100 cents
- Main exports: Nitrogen Heterocyclic Compounds (20%), Packaged Medicaments (15%), Human or Animal Blood (4.9%), Scented Mixtures (4.6%), and Nucleic Acids (3.9%)
- Internet domain: .ie
- International dialing code: +353
The friendliness and hospitality for which the Irish people are renowned contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to the way of life and in particular, student life in Ireland. The individual sections below cover a number of topics that you should be familiar with before you decide to come to Ireland, when you arrive and while you are here.
Ireland is the European hub to over 1,000 leading multinational companies! Companies who require a skilled, educated and highly capable workforce to drive their success chose to locate in Ireland. Over 1,000 FDI giants in ICT, Social Media, Pharmaceuticals and Finance have made Ireland the hub of their European operations, with names such as Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and Genzyme.
34 higher education institutions in Ireland offer an extensive range of over 5000 programmes leading to internationally recognized, quality assured qualifications. International students can choose to meet their education needs in highly respected business schools, centres of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.
Irelands worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Study in one of the best education systems in the world for Higher Education Achievements and choose from over 5000 internationally recognised qualifications.
Access world-class research opportunities in world-leading programmes and connect with career opportunities with leading global companies located in Ireland.
Students enrolled on courses on the Degree Programme are allowed to undertake an internship where this forms part of their programme.
It may be possible to stay in Ireland after you complete your studies for the purpose of seeking employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme. This scheme exists to allow legally resident non-EU third level graduates to remain in Ireland in order to look for employment or apply for a green card/work permit. During their approved stay under the scheme, a student can work full-time (40 hours a week). This allows non-EU/EEA students who have graduated from Irish higher education institutions to remain in Ireland for 12 months to seek employment.
Achieve your ambitions in Europe’s most entrepreneurial country and join the 35,000 international students from 161 countries enjoying Ireland’s vibrant culture.
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