Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (284)

Willie O'Dea


284. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students from New Zealand studying here; if he, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, is taking further steps to attract additional students from New Zealand to come here to study; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28055/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I thank Deputy O’Dea for asking this question,

Ireland had 29 students from New Zealand studying here within the academic year 2017/18; numbers for 2018/19 have not been collated as of yet.

While some universities have institutional links with New Zealand, Enterprise Ireland acting as the Education in Ireland promotion agency does not have any active or ongoing activities in New Zealand. As the higher education sector here has not identified New Zealand as a country with high potential in this regard, EI has no immediate plans to enhance its presence or activities in New Zealand.