Increase in Saudi students opting for Irish education
Dubai, September 16, 2013
Education in Ireland, the organisation responsible for marketing the Irish higher education sector to international audiences, has reported an increase in the number of Saudi students opting for third level education in the country.
The figure has risen from approximately 200 students in 2009 to more than 1,700 students studying and preparing to study in Ireland this year, the majority of which are under the King Abdullah Scholarship Scheme, said a statement.
According to Unesco, the scholarship scheme has over 400,000 students studying worldwide and the number coming to study in Ireland is expected to grow.
Ireland is in the top-ten worldwide for its higher education system, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2011 and it consists of a number of world-renowned names in the university sector, institutes of technology and private independent colleges, it said.
Terry Mc Parland, manager, Education in Ireland, said: 'Our education establishments have been very well received by students from the Mena market and we currently have around 2,500 students studying in Ireland from the region, with Saudi overtaking other Mena countries by a considerable margin. - TradeArabia News Service