14/10/2013

International Student Numbers on the Increase at ITB

ITB Bucks National Trend and Increases International Student Numbers for 2013

The Higher Education Authority recently questioned whether Irish third level colleges are doing enough to welcome foreign students as new figures show a fall in numbers coming to study in Ireland.

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) has bucked this trend and just over 100 international students from across the globe have travelled to ITB to take up courses– a 100 per cent increase on last year’s intake and the largest in the Institute’s history.

Students from China, India, Nepal and Brazil make up the bulk of the new international students and ITB remains popular with European or Erasmus students who travel to spend a semester or a year in Blanchardstown. 

President of ITB, Dr Mary Meaney said of the increase, “Attracting international students is a priority for the Institute, we are delighted to welcome these new students to ITB and look forward to their presence on campus where no doubt they will contribute both to academic and social pursuits on campus.

The President of the Student Union Jason Aughney is looking forward to welcoming the student as part of a special induction programme for international students on campus this week. “it is really exciting to see so many people here from parts as far away as Beijing, New Delhi and Rio de Janeiro on our campus”, he said. 

Also ITB will welcome its highest number of first year students with over 1,000 arriving this week bringing the total number of students studying at ITB to over 3,500.

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ITB (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown)

ITB is located in Blanchardstown, a growing suburb of Dublin. The Institute directly serves the greater Blanchardstown area and the north and west of Dublin City and county. Like other Institutes of Technology, it also draws students from neighbouring counties, such as Meath, Kildare, Cavan and Louth as well as from further afield. This September ITB will welcome its highest number of first year students with over 1,000 arriving this week bringing the total number of students studying at ITB to over 3,500. 

ITB are committed to introducing their students to the latest technologies and providing a learning environment where the use of up-to-date and innovative techniques and equipment is the norm. To this end, lecture theatres and laboratories are state-of-the-art, and ITB aims to retain this leading edge as the Institute develops further.