Why Study in Ireland?

Ireland’s reputation for high quality education is built on the foundation of commitment to excellence. Its world-renowned universities offer internationally recognised qualifications.

Ireland’s higher education system involves a combination of universities, specialised colleges as well as institutes offering a wide range of vocational programs. Some of these include subject areas such as hospitality, pharmacy, healthcare, marketing, textiles, media and many more.

Universities in Ireland

Seven public universities of Ireland are ranked within the top 700 of the world as per the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings. Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD) and University College Cork fall within the top 200 of the ranks.

Ireland universities and colleges offer a multitude of courses aimed to provide a rewarding career to the students. Some of the popular streams includes Information Technology, Management, Finance/Accounting, Engineering, Biotechnology, Pharmacy and Applied Science and Hospitality.

Skill Shortages

Despite an unemployment rate of almost 15%, there is still a shortage of candidates with the skills, education, languages and experience to take on roles such as software engineers and gaming specialists. There are engineering vacancies in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors as well. There are a number of niche tech companies from mobile telecoms to gaming software to e-learning and bioinformatics hiring at this point. It is a global marketplace and companies here are continuing to win international business.

The maximum vacancies in Ireland are for software engineers specializing in web development, networking, IT security and gaming; electrical engineers specializing in power generation and wind power; biomedical engineers; and project management engineers. Qualified accountants who specialize in financial control, compliance, treasury and risk are also in demand.

A degree is required for 85% of professional vacancies and 75% of employers demand between two and six years experience.