The Country: Situated to the west of Great Britain, Ireland is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for tourists and students from around the world, with a beautiful landscape, breathtaking scenery, peaceful and safe environment, scholarly tradition, and warm and friendly people. Ireland has a population of approximately 4.5 million people, almost fifty percent of whom are under the age of 28. Ireland is an English-speaking country with close cultural, economic and educational links with the English-speaking world, especially with the UK – our next door neighbor – and with the USA. The capital of Ireland is Dublin is the most heavily tourist region .Irish people are among the most enriching reasons to study in Ireland. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality which greatly contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to student life in Ireland
Irish Education: Irish education is of the highest international quality. The quality of the Irish education system is a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth Ireland has experienced over the last few decades. Irish higher education institutions are widely recognized for excellence in many disciplines. Ireland has a long and honorable tradition in education. The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three basis levels: Primary (8 years), Secondary (5 or 6 years) and Higher Education which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest post-graduate levels
Geography & Climate: Ireland is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world. Ireland enjoys a temperature climate influenced by the relatively warm waters of the Gulf Stream in whose path the island lies. During the winter months temperatures rarely drop below freezing and snow is uncommon. The coldest and wettest months are December, January and February. July and August are the warmest months.
Employment Industry: Ireland is a highly developed democracy with a modern economy. The Irish economy is particularly strong in the areas of software development, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and international services. Dublin, Ireland is Google’s European Headquarters and its largest operation outside the US, with employees from over 40 nationalities. Ireland has an export based economy. Main industries in Ireland are Software, Mining, Construction, Telecom, Tourism and hospitality. Ireland has also established itself in areas of life sciences including Biotech & pharmaceuticals Industries. It has 32 Manufacturing plants – approved by USA Food & Drug Administration producing 6 of 10 world’s best selling drugs
Currency: The official currency of Ireland is Euro
Major Cities: Dublin (Capital of Ireland), Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Galway and Belfast
Culture: Ireland has a rich heritage and the influence of its culture has been felt the world over, probably more than any other, from music, art, myths, language, food and literature. For a very long time, with no newspapers, radio or TV, news and events were put to music and relayed by the Bards that traveled the land. A Bard was always welcome, as his music and poetry was entertaining as well as bringing news of what was happening throughout the country side.