The Claddagh Scholarship Program was established and organized by Education in Ireland, which reports directly to the Ministry of Education and Skills in Ireland.
In China, Education in Ireland is situated within the commercial section of the Embassy of Ireland. The Claddagh Scholarship Program was officially launched in September 2015, for students aiming to study in Ireland for the academic year 2016-2017. After a very successful first year, The Claddagh Scholarship, under the guidance of Education in Ireland, is embarking on its second year.
In Irish Culture the Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. The name 'Claddagh' was selected to represent the warm and supportive nature of the education system in Ireland, with the two hands of friendship, supporting our students, the heart, in the middle.
The Claddagh Scholarship Programme also represents the strong link between Irish education institutions and Irish companies, with several scholarships having industry links or internships within Irish industry on offer.
This year is the second year of The Claddagh Scholarship and the programme now has 17 Irish higher education institutions on board, two of which are new additions. All scholarships provided are specifically designed for the Chinese market and exclusively for Chinese students. The total value of the investment in this programme exceeds well over €500,000 from Irish Universities, Institutes of technologies, and colleges. This number is still growing. Scholarships cover over a hundred different fields of study, including Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Business, IT Technology, Social sciences to name but a few. The study level of these scholarships ranges from Level 8 undergraduate degrees, to full PHD programmes.
The scholarship programme does not only concentrate on the academic opportunities for students, but also focuses on their career development. As such, several industry partners, such as ICON & Applied Polymer Technologies offer Chinese graduates opportunities such as work placements, internships, research collaborations, and employment. This allows students to get the most out of Ireland's student and stay back visa policy, which allows students to work while studying in Ireland, and also to stay on working in Ireland for up to 12 months after graduation.
The overall aim of this programme is to build on the close relationship between Ireland and China's educational systems, and to recognise the increasing numbers of Chinese students choosing to study in Ireland, students who have made wonderful contributions to Ireland and experienced great success during their time in Ireland.
All successful winners of scholarships in this programme will be invited to attend an awards ceremony before their departure for Ireland.
The Education in Ireland team would like to wish all applicants of the Claddagh Scholarship Programme the best of luck and we hope to have the pleasure of meeting you soon as start your journey in Ireland.