EduCo’s latest education partner IT Sligo brings to four the total number of educational institution partners in Ireland, further strengthening its presence in the European Union’s only English-speaking country. The other three include Dublin City University, Maynooth University and Dublin Institute of Technology (soon to become Technological University Dublin).
Aligning with IT Sligo’s Strategic Development Plan
The fourth addition is expected to broaden options for international students who wish to study 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 9 out of 10 of the world’s top software companies.
“The partnership with IT Sligo enables international students to have more options for study,” says EduCo Ireland Managing Director Jacob Kestner. “This new addition to our Irish partner institutions also reinforces our leaning into partnerships with educational institutions whose focus is on STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] degree programs.”
The institute aims to increase both its domestic and international student numbers to 10,000 by 2022 as it gears up for TU (technological university) status as part of its 5-year Strategic Development Plan which kicked off in 2017. IT Sligo President Brendan McCormack says: “It is a bold target but, together, we can achieve this important milestone.” He adds, “Growth is the key deliverable for IT Sligo as we develop the Institute… [and] 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, also 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.”
“We align our student recruitment strategy with those of our institution partners,” says EduCo SVP for Global Marketing Adam Roberts. “Thus, we support our EduCo Ireland team in its goal of helping grow IT Sligo’s international student community.” In affirming the company’s positive outlook, Mr Roberts says, “EduCo has a proven track record of success in international student recruitment and in the provision of specialised programs and support services for international students.”
A glimpse into the IT Sligo culture
IT Sligo is a government-funded post-secondary institution located on a 72-acre site near the town of Sligo, which has lots of student accommodations within walking distance to the campus. It currently has 6,000 students but is looking at increasing both its local and international student numbers to 10,000 by 2022.
The campus amenities include new technology and science buildings, a state-of-the-art library and a new student services building to accommodate its target of 10,000 students.
Since its establishment in 1970, IT Sligo has taken pride in its dedication to uphold a culture that is unique to the Institute, which is articulated as follows: educating students to reach their full potential; championing respect, equality, inclusion and diversity; leading by being ambitious, innovative and accountable; promoting ethical and responsible behaviour; believing that publicly-funded higher education should be accessible to all; valuing students, staff, business, community and the environment; responding proactively to economic and societal changes and collaborating for the enhancement of the economy, society and environment.
IT Sligo’s international student population
International students comprise 6% of IT Sligo’s population coming from 49 countries, broken down as follows: European Union (35%), Asia (19%), Northern America (9%) and the rest of the world (37%).
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