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The friendliest nation in the world

The Irish are renowned for their friendliness. In 2008 and 2010, Lonely Planet voted Ireland the friendliest nation in the world.  The Global Peace Index, which rates 158 nations worldwide on measures such as conflict, safety and security in society and militarization, ranked Ireland the 12th most peaceful place on Earth in 2013. The same year, the OECD put Ireland in the top ten in its Better Life Index.

 

Ireland's higher education institutions are absolutely committed to ensuring that visiting students settle in to their new environment. All its higher education institutions have a designated staff member to whom international students can turn for any assistance. 

 

But it is the Irish people that make studying in Ireland so special.  Ireland has the youngest population in Europe, with 35% of its population under the age of 25 and a vibrant social scene to match.

30-Sep-14  |  Posted By Rajan

Globally recognized qualifications

Ireland is in the top-twenty worldwide for its higher education system, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2013. 
 
The Quality and Qualifications Ireland has developed a National Framework of Qualifications known as the NFQ system in order to put the learner in control. This 10-level framework enables comparison of different qualifications from different education institutions and ensures their recognition – both in Ireland and elsewhere.
 
Moreover the qualifications in the NFQ are quality assured. This means that the learner can have confidence that his/her course, and the institution at which he/she is studying, is reviewed on an continually by the Irish Government. Quality assurance is intended to ensure that all learners have a high quality learning experience regardless of where he/she is studying. 
 

The Irish NFQ system is compatible with the ENIC-NARIC (European Network of Information Centres/National Academic Recognition Information Centres), which facilitates the recognition of academic qualifications throughout Europe and internationally in countries like the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

30-Sep-14  |  Posted By Brandon

Leading Global Companies

According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report, Ireland is now the second most entrepreneurial of the top 15 countries in Europe, with increasing numbers of people, especially women, starting new businesses.

 

Companies requiring a skilled, educated and highly capable workforce to drive their success choose to locate in Ireland.

 

In spite of a worldwide recession, Ireland continues to attract a vast amount of foreign direct investment. In fact, Ireland is the second most attractive country globally for FDI, after Singapore. 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 andGenzyme.

 

Eight of the world’s top ten ICT companies, eight of the world’s top ten pharmaceutical and life science companies, and half of the world’s major financial services companies are established in Ireland. 

 

Eric Scmidt, Chairman of Google, has said their decision to locate in Ireland “is everything to do with the … workforce of geographically diverse, speaking multiple languages, creative young people coming out of [Ireland’s] top universities”.

 

A report 'Investing in Ireland’ shows that 97% of multinational companies plan on maintaining their current stake in Ireland. The survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows that the areas of financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals will account for the majority of new jobs.

 

Ireland also has a number of vibrant indigenous industries. Companies competing on the world stage include CRH, Smurfit Kappa, DCC, Glen Dimplex, Greencore, Kingspan, NTR and Paddy Power. 

 

There is a vibrant software sector exporting mainly to the UK and the US. Ireland also has a natural competitive advantage in the food and drinks sector.

28-Oct-14  |  Posted By Vikash