Melbourne, AUS and Dublin, IRE – EduCo has just signed in its newest education partner in Ireland, IT Sligo, a government-funded post-secondary institution with 6,000 students.
“EduCo’s proven track record of success in international student recruitment and in the provision of specialised programs and support services for international students is expected to help grow IT Sligo’s international student community,” says SVP for Global Marketing Adam Roberts, as he expressed confidence in the EduCo Ireland team.
IT Sligo is located on a 72-acre site near the town of Sligo, which has lots of student accommodations within walking distance to the campus. It boasts of new technology and science buildings, a state-of-the-art library and a new student services building following an infusion of €35 million capital development fund.
EduCo Ireland Managing Director Jacob Kestner and his team have been assisting the institute in realising its goal of growing the international student population. IT Sligo aims to increase both its local and international student numbers to 10,000 by 2022.
IT Sligo President Brendan McCormack, in highlighting the institution’s 5-year strategic development plan which commenced in 2017, says: “Growth is the key deliverable for IT Sligo as we develop the Institute…” The institute aims to bring its enrolments to 10,000 by 2022 as it gears up for technological university (TU) status. “It is a bold target but, together, we can achieve this important milestone.” He adds, “TU status will give our region and our communities exciting new opportunities and a platform on which the next generation can build a brighter future.”
Niall O’Donnellan, chairman of IT Sligo’s Governing Body, points out that the Institute “has a strong track-record of engaging with students, schools, further education colleges, state agencies and employers across the region. It delivers to many national policies and strategies on the creation of the future landscape of Irish higher education, increasing access to education, growing international education, and meeting objectives for innovation and entrepreneurship, job creation and regional development.”
IT Sligo as an educational institution
Educate students to reach their full potential
Champion respect, equality, inclusion and diversity
Lead by being ambitious, innovative and accountable
Promote ethical and responsible behaviour
Believe that publicly-funded higher education should be accessible to all
Value students, staff, business, community and the environment
Respond proactively to economic and societal changes
Collaborate for the enhancement of the economy, society and environment
Major technology award
In 2011, IT Sligo’s “Team Hermes” won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Software Design Category in a world student technology competition held in New York. Imagine Cup is an annual competition hosted by Microsoft that brings together student developers all over the world to help resolve some of the world’s toughest challenges. The team bested more than 358,000 competitors representing 183 countries and regions.
Team Hermes took home top honours in this category and US$25,000 for designing a device that plugs into a car and monitors dangerous driving behaviour and road conditions, providing instant feedback to both the driver and the car owner. The team’s solution used embedded technology, Windows Phone 7, Bing Maps and the Windows Azure cloud computing platform to change driving habits and reduce deaths.
“We have a problem in Ireland, and that problem is deaths on our roads,” Team Hermes member James McNamara points out. “Thanks to Microsoft and the Imagine Cup, we’ve been able to come together to solve this problem and save lives.”
Why study at IT Sligo?
Kristen Eastman, an international student from Canada who is enrolled in Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development, says: “Why IT Sligo? Why not? Aside from the facilities at Sligo, you get the beauty of a small town, an experience abroad and the countryside all in one.
“You get a beautiful town and all its amenities at an affordable price. Plus, you can still travel the rest of Ireland any time you wish! If you are adventurous, choose Sligo. From hiking the famous Benbulben, to surfing in Strandhill. Jump in a canoe or cycle one of the many nature trails. So, when I say, you get it all in one place, I’m not kidding!”
International students comprise 6% of IT Sligo’s population coming from 49 countries, broken down as follows: European Union (35%), Asia (19%), North America (9%) and the rest of the world (37%).
Broadening options for international students
EduCo’s partnership with IT Sligo strengthens its leaning towards partnerships with learning institutions whose focus is on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degree programs. This also enables international students to have more options for study in the only English-speaking country in the European Union.
The partnership further strengthens EduCo’s presence in Ireland, which is considered one of the world’s ideal destinations for international education. Dubbed by Tech/Life Ireland as Europe’s technology hub with a bright future, Ireland is home to nine out of 10 of the world’s software global companies.