Dublin aiming for top marks as International Student City

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Greater co-operation between state agencies, local authorities and the education sector would lead to more students from around the world studying in Dublin. This is the finding of a Dublin City Council report which Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague will launch at a workshop in the Wood Quay Venue on 25th July at 9am. Ruairí Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills will also attend.

This report, ‘Developing and Promoting Dublin as an International Student City’ identifies ways that will facilitate students from around the world coming to Dublin to study. These include developing Dublin’s reputation as an e-learning centre, making it easier to get student visas, assistance with getting accommodation, and easier access to local services.

Attracting international students will benefit Dublin’s economy. The total number of international students in Ireland for 2010/2011 is approximately 24,000. Of these, 60% are studying at Dublin institutions, 10,000 of whom are on full-time programmes.

Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague says “Currently international students are worth approximately €300m to Dublin’s economy.
Today’s workshop is about growing this market. Working together will make it easier for students to come here and this will bring many benefits. It also sees huge potential to develop Dublin as a centre for e-learning as companies like Google, Facebook, SmartForce and intuition have bases here”.

Minister Quinn says ”I welcome the launch of today’s report as it is an important step in facilitating students from around the world coming here to study. Dublin offers many advantages in this regard. Students coming here can live in an English-speaking environment and have access to excellent colleges and universities. The experience of studying in Ireland gives graduates a competitive advantage and the range of skills that can benefit their careers.”


To get a copy of this report see:


Notes to the Editor

Details on Workshop:

  • 9.00: Registrations
  • 9.30: Introduction by Lord Mayor, Cllr Andrew Montague
  • 9.40: Address by Ruairi Quinn T.D., Minister for Education and Skills
  • 9.50 – 10.50: Panel Discussion chaired by Michael Stubbs, Assistant City Manger, Dublin City Council


  • Gerry Muldowney, CEO, Dublin Business School
  • Derek Tynan, DTA Architects, (international investors in student accommodation)
  • Justin Quinn, Centre for English Studies, (CES)
  • Professor C Michael Wilkinson: Rayat London College
  • Terry Nealon, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • 10.50 - 11.30: General Discussion,
  • Responses from Floor
  • Any proposals for Action.
  • Wrap Up