Enterprise Ireland estimates that the international student sector is worth over €1 billion a year to the Irish economy.
Since 2012, Ireland has seen an increase of 25% in the number of international students choosing to study in Ireland.
A key part of this success according to Enterprise Ireland is the the Student Ambassador Programme which is now in its fifth year. As part of the initiative, 75 students from Canada, Chile, Brazil, Russia, China, India, Germany, Malaysia, Nigeria and USA are are actively promoting Ireland as a destination of choice for third level education.
The Ambassadors share their positive experiences with over 3.5 million Education in Ireland online followers.
An event took place yesterday at Farmleigh house to recognise the contribution made by international Student Ambassadors to supporting the work of Education in Ireland, managed by Enterprise Ireland, in attracting international students to Ireland, as well as honouring the Higher Education Authority’s Government of Ireland International Education Scholars.
Presenting the Student Ambassadors with Certificates of Recognition, Minister O’Sullivan said, "I want to thank you for choosing to study in Ireland, and for sharing your experience with your peers around the world. I congratulate each of you and wish you well in your future studies and the careers you choose."
She added, "We hope that you will stay in touch long after your study here is complete. We will watch with pride as you, our international sons and daughters, make your way through life."