Education Sector in Ireland

An Expert's View about Educational and Community Associations in Ireland

Posted on: 31 Jan 2013

Education is a key area for future development and growth, particularly in the provision of technology facilities and services and also academic and language teaching to international students.

Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 Education sector in Ireland Education is a key area for future development and growth, particularly in the provision of technology facilities and services and also academic and language teaching to international students. Market overview There are seven universities in Ireland and fourteen institutes of technology. These provide third level education across all aspects of the economy including arts, sciences, medical, engineering and legal professions at undergraduate and post-graduate level. There are also a number of private colleges and training & development bodies in Ireland responsible for awarding qualifications and pursuing employment initiatives. Key opportunities In July 2012 the government announced an additional €2.25 billion for domestic infrastructure projects. In education this includes various procurement projects in 2013. Construction of the PPP element of Dublin Institute of Technology’s Grangegorman Educational Facility will begin in late 2015 or early 2016. €280 million of investment in the education sector will cover the school building programme until 2018. This includes 275 new or replacement schools, most of these at post-primary level, and will be located across the country. Other aspects of this investment include technology facilities. Another area of opportunity is in the provision of academic and language teaching to services international students. Getting into the market British companies wishing to enter and / or develop their business in the Irish market are advised to undertake as much market research and planning as possible. There are few barriers to entry with the same language, similar legal and regulatory structures as well as numerous cultural and business links. UKTI’s team in Ireland, with its wide local knowledge and sector experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in the Irish market. This includes, but is not limited to: ξ Provision of market information; ξ Validated lists of agents / distributors / other contacts as required; ξ Key market players or potential customers in the Irish market; ξ Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you; ξ Arranging appointments; and ξ Organising seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Irish market. Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. Andrew Evans, British Embassy, 29 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Tel: +353 1 205 3753 Email: Andrew.evans3@fco.gov.uk. Web: www.britishembassyinireland.fco.gov.uk Web: www.ukti.gov.uk
Posted: 31 January 2013