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Push to attract Indian students to Ireland

The government hopes to double the number of third-level students from India studying in Ireland by the academic year starting in 2014.

The target was announced on 19 November by minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation Richard Bruton who was on a major trade mission to India. The five-day mission, organised by development agencies Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, included representatives from 17 higher education institutions.

The hoped for influx of students is 5,000 within the next five years, with the assumption that most of these will be postgraduates, according to the department of jobs. This number of students would bring in substantial fee income, estimated at €50 million, and spend an estimated €50 million on accommodation, food and other services.

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