Ireland



ABOUT IRELAND

Ireland is an island to the north-west of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. To its east is the larger island of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the Irish Sea. Exploring Ireland’s impressive scenery reveals endless views of rugged sea cliffs, outlaying islands, and gentle hills. Nestled among these charming landscapes are numerous castles, fishing villages, and national parks for great weekend adventures.

Ireland is a republic and has a parliamentary system of government. The head of state is the elected President of Ireland who serves for a 7-year term. Ireland also has a prime minister (called the Taoiseach) who is nominated by the House of Representatives (called Dáil Éireann) and then appointed by the president. Besides the lower house, the House of Representatives, there is also an upper house, the Senate (or Seanad Éireann).

Population: Approx. 45 Lacs (4.5 mn)
Capital: Dublin
Area: 84,421 km square
Language: English and Irish (Gaelic)
Religion: Christianity
Currency: Euro €
Life Expectancy: 81 Years
GDP per Capita: $41,700
Literacy Percent: 99%
HDI: 7
Other Important Cities: Dublin, Cork, Derry, Limerick,

 

ECONOMY

The economy of the Republic of Ireland is a modern knowledge economy, focusing on services and high-tech industries and dependent on trade, industry and investment. In terms of GDP per capita, Ireland is ranked as one of the wealthiest countries in the OECD and the EU at 5th in the OECD-28 rankings as of 2008. GDP (national output) is significantly greater than GNP (national income) due to the repatriation of profits and royalty payments by multinational firms based in Ireland. A 2005 study by The Economist found Ireland to have the best quality of life in the world. The 1995 to 2007 period of very high economic growth, with a record of posting the highest growth rates in Europe, led many to call the country the Celtic Tiger.

There are over 60 credit institutions incorporated in Ireland, the banking system is dominated by the Big Four - AIB Bank, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and National Irish Bank. There is a large Credit Union movement within the country which offers an alternative to the banks. Similarly, the insurance industry in Ireland is a leader in both retail markets and corporate customers in the EU, in large part due to the International Financial Services Centre.

Exports play an important role in Ireland's economic growth. A series of significant discoveries of base metal deposits have been made, including the giant ore deposit at Tara Mine. Ireland now ranks as the seventh largest producer of zinc concentrates in the world, and the twelfth largest producer of lead concentrates. Ireland is the world's most profitable country for US corporations, according to the US tax journal Tax Notes. The country is one of the largest exporters of pharmaceuticals and software-related goods and services in the world.


CLIMATE

The Climate of Ireland can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. It is defined as a temperate oceanic climate and rain is common throughout the year, helping to contribute to the country’s 40 shades of green that line the landscapes. The country receives generally warm summers and mild winters, and is considerably warmer than other areas on its latitude. The climate in Ireland does not experience extreme weather, with tornadoes and similar weather features being rare.

 

 

WHY STUDY IN IRELAND

Ireland is a country which has much more to offer than just great music, Nobel Prize winning authors, etc. It is a country which has got a laudable tradition as far as education is concerned. Under the Irish constitution, education is seen as a fundamental right. Ireland's warm, hospitable population will welcome you with its colorful history, culture and some of the most arresting landscapes. The students are given responsibility by the colleges and universities in Ireland. One can forget getting weekly assignments and exams. Instead, learning is through lectures and tutorials and labs. But a student needs to work very hard on their reading and research if they are to complete their education in Ireland. It doesn't really matter what your field of specialization is, colleges and universities in Ireland have got it all covered.


  Technology Hub of Europe

Ireland is not only the technology hub of Europe; it has also got magnificent history and culture as well. It has one of the highest concentrations of ICT activity and employment in the OECD. The ICT sector attracts global investment with 9 of the top 10 US ICT companies & represents about 22% of Ireland’s total exports worldwide. Some of the biggest multi national companies like IBM, Motorola, Dell and Google have their European headquarters situated in Ireland.


  Academic Excellence

Higher (or third-level) education awards in Ireland are conferred by more than 38 Higher Education Institutions including Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland (Cork, Dublin, Galway and Maynooth), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Higher Education and Training Awards Council, Cork Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology, National College of Ireland, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (Pontifical University), University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. These are the degree-awarding authorities approved by the Government of Ireland and can grant awards at all academic levels. Universities typically offer four-year undergraduate programs leading to bachelor's degrees. Advanced degrees include master's degrees, generally requiring two years of study after a first degree, and doctoral degrees, requiring three to five years of postgraduate study and research as well as a dissertation.

Slowly but surely Ireland is becoming the preferred destination to study abroad. Students from world over are choosing to pursue their higher studies in Ireland. The reasons can be many - from the superior education system to the historical grandeur to the rich nightlife.


  High Quality of Life

Ireland performs well in overall well-being as it is ranked at number 7 by the HDI from amongst the best countries to settle. This is due to the high earning capacity of the individual and low unemployment rates. There is a good education system which contributes to an excellent literacy rate as well as high life expectancy.


  Multicultural Nation

This article is about the modern culture of Ireland and the Irish people. It includes customs and traditions, language, music, art, literature, folklore, cuisine and sport associated with Ireland and Irish people today. However, the culture of the people living in Ireland is not homogeneous. There are notable cultural divides between urban Irish and rural Irish, between Catholics and Protestants, between Irish-speakers in the Gaeltacht and English-speakers, between immigrants and the native population, and between Travellers and the settled population. Although most Irish people are of Gaelic descent, today Ireland is an ethnically diverse country as a result of large-scale immigration from many different countries throughout its history. Also, due to emigration of the Irish people themselves overseas, Irish culture has a global reach and Irish festivals such as St. Patrick's Day and Halloween are observed and celebrated all over the world.


HOW TO APPLY

INTAKES
The main intakes offered by Universities are in September/October and January/February. Some colleges may also have intakes in March and July.


EMPLOYMENT

•  A full-time International student can work part-time as per the given guidelines:
•  A full-time degree student can work up to 20 hours during term-time and full-time during vacations ;
•  A full-time student can also work on a work placement as part of the course;
•  A student can earn from € 8.65 - € 10 per hour i.e. € 690 - € 800 per week.

After the successful completion of the studies a student can apply for a 2 year Work Permit


FAMOUS PEOPLE

  Robert Boyle

  Ernest Walton

  John Stewart Bell

  Francis Beaufort

  George Boole

  John Tyndall

  Lord Kelvin (William Thomson)

  George Stokes

  Richard O’Keefe

  James Gamble

  David J. O’Reilly

  Niall Fitzgerald

  Peter Sutherland

  James Hoban

  W. B. Yeats

  James Joyce

  Jonathan Swift

  Bram Stoker

 G.B. Shaw

  C.S. Lewis

  Peter O’Toole

 Liam Neeson

  Pierce Brosnan

  Colin Farrell

  U2

  Westlife

  Boyzone

  The Corrs

  The Cranberries

  Michael O’Leary

  Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton