Enterprise-Ireland’s Canada office organised six on-campus student facing events and a follow up ‘Study in Ireland’ webinar during the month of February. Representatives from six of the Institutes of Technology (Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Blanchardstown and IADT Dun Laoghaire) travelled to Canada to take part in the Study in Ireland initiative. Under the Colleges Ontario – IOTI agreement which came into effect in November 2011, graduates from any of the 24 Colleges Ontario can complete their honours degree program in Ireland with one or two years of further study at an Institute of Technology.
Students at Durham College (Oshawa), Fleming College (Peterborough), Fanshawe College (London), St. Lawrence College (Kingston), Centennial College (Toronto) and Humber College (Etobicoke) showed a huge interest in studying in Ireland and enjoyed the Irish entertainment provided. At each of the colleges there was an information stand set up where Enterprise-Ireland and IOTI representatives answered student’s questions and provided them with details about furthering their studies and obtaining an honours degree in Ireland. Two information sessions were held for students each day during which the IOTI representatives spoke about life in Ireland, gave the students practical information concerning tuition, living costs and accommodation, and explained in detail how to apply. A faculty and staff ‘Lunch & Learn’ was also facilitated at each college and several of the Institutes are now in discussion with the Colleges of Ontario about creating further pathways for Canadian students.
For students who were unable to attend the information sessions on campus and students in the other 18 Colleges of Ontario, a webinar was organised for Wednesday 26th February. Over 200 students registered.
Mervyn O’Mahony, Communications and Marketing Officer from CIT commented on the success of the Canada Campus Campaign, stating: “It was great to see the high level of interest and enthusiasm of students wanting to study in Ireland and no doubt this trip and the recommendations that will come out of it can only increase the participation of Canadian students studying in Ireland.”