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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Departmental Data

Photo of Thomas PringleThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent)
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313. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students from Singapore studying here; if he in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland is taking additional steps to attract more students from Singapore to come here to study; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6514/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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There were 484 students from Singapore studying in Ireland in our universities, institutes of technology and private colleges in the 2017/18 academic year.

In 2017, Enterprise Ireland, under the Education in Ireland brand, dedicated a new full time education resource based in Singapore to develop international education links and opportunities in the ASEAN region for Irish higher education institutions.

As a result of the COVID pandemic, Education in Ireland is currently working on attracting students from Singapore by increasing social media engagement in the region, by hosting online webinars with agents, international schools and students in the region and by developing and participating in online education fairs where Irish higher education institutions showcase their colleges to students from the region.

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