A very warm welcome to the Education in Ireland website and in particular the Claddagh Scholarship Programme section – an exciting new development.
Historically, there has always been a warm friendship as well as close relationship between Ireland and China, encompassing many areas such as political relations, trade and investment, culture, tourism, and food. Our two peoples and their Leaders easily get on well together.
And, in recent years education has become an area of great strength, priority, and pride as increasing numbers of Chinese students are choosing to study in Ireland, recognising our long tradition in education excellence, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Business and the Humanities, as well as the friendly, safe, good value and English-speaking environment that Ireland offers.
With this special relationship and renewed priority on education, Education in Ireland launched in 2015 the first national level scholarship programme in Ireland designed exclusively for Chinese students. The programme includes nearly 200 scholarships from 15 different Irish education institutes at every level, across over one hundred different fields of study. As such, there is a programme and scholarship to suit nearly every student.
This programme is designed not only to strengthen friendship and educational bond between Ireland and China but also to channel recognition of the outstanding calibre of students being produced by the two countries: Through combining the resources and high quality education that together Ireland and China can create the best 21st century graduates.
Ireland and its leading high technology-based economy will continue to offer Chinese students a world class education as well as research opportunities. Ireland also offers Chinese students the opportunity to build a personal relationship with leading international corporations, of which there are some 1,200 based in Ireland. Chinese graduates of Irish universities and colleges may apply for a two-year work permit so that they can acquire full-time work experience with leading world corporations in Ireland. All this in the sole English-speaking country that is simultaneously in the EU and the Eurozone single currency area.
Ireland has the youngest and the fastest growing population in Europe and our statistics on participation in third level education are also the strongest in the EU.
The time has never been better. The opportunity has never been clearer – for Chinese students to study in Ireland, and to benefit from a scholarship to do so.
We look forward to sharing more information with you about the scholarships and to welcoming you to Ireland with our famous Irish welcome.
Finally, let me take this opportunity to wish you every success with your studies and careers.
Ambassador of Ireland to China