ICOS Newsletter - Issue 42 (December 2012)
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- International Education News and Views
- Policy and Practice
- Services to Members
- Services to International Students
- Irish Aid Fellowships
- Organisational Matters
International Education News and Views
Education Ireland launches new website
November saw the launch of a new Education in Ireland website as part of its efforts to 'promote, develop and brand Ireland’s international higher education offering'.
Ireland steps up international student recruitment drive
In an article entitled 'New frontiers are opening up in drive to lure foreign students', Katherine Donnelly reported for the Irish Independent on recent efforts to boost international student recruitment through recent education missions to major markets, including China and India.
She pointed out that the 32,000 non-EU students in Ireland last year represented a small fraction of what is being seen as a lucrative global market, while also sounding a cautionary note over the extent to which international recruitment is being spurred by a need to fill funding gaps in third level institutions.
New data released on International Students
The final quarter of the year also saw the release of key datasets that provide extra information on international students who have recently chosen to study in Ireland, plus the wider picture of international student mobility.
Education in Ireland made available its annual International Students in Higher Education in Ireland 2012, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) released domicilary data on students in HEA-funded third level institutions for 2011-12, while UNESCO published its annual Global Education Digest compilation (2010 data), which is especially useful for making comparisons between countries. The QS Intelligence Unit also produced a very accessible guide to international student mobility - International Students: Where Do They Go?
For more on the available data see ICOS' Guide to statistics on international students in Ireland.
Policy and Practice
GNIB registration fee hike
ICOS was strong in its criticism of the Government last month on foot of the sudden doubling of the GNIB registration fee for non-EEA citizens who are legally resident in the country.
On 15th November, INIS announced that the fee would increase to €300 per annum to take effect on 19th November giving just 5 days notice. International students and their host institutions were totally shocked and dismayed at this increase in charges and ICOS wrote to the Minister of Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD to request him to reconsider the decision and in particular the timing and manner of its introduction.
The official reply from the Minister’s office, while detailed in its justification for the fee increase, does not offer any reassurance that this could not happen again. ICOS members can access copies of the correspondence in the members' area of our website.
ICOS also raised this issue at the December meeting of the High Level Group on International Education and will pursue further with the relevant authorities early in the new year as this fee increase, if it is to be justified at all, must bring some tangible improvement to services.
Services to Members
ICOS is taking bookings for its cross-cultural training programmes for 2013. Our training courses are aimed at increasing cross-cultural awareness and cross-cultural competency for those who work with or teach international students.
Training courses available are:
A) Half day workshops
B) One day workshop
C) 1 hour ‘Taster’ sessions
We offer shorter 1 hour taster training sessions and ICOS recently gave a successful talk on “Working effectively with International students” to a large group of academics from the School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology.
D) Orientation sessions for international students
ICOS can provide short talks as part of orientation programmes for international students arriving for the new academic year.
E) Information sessions
ICOS provides information sessions on topics such as developments in immigration or employment legislation for international students.
If you are interested in ICOS training events for the New Year, please contact Louise Staunton, Programme Manager and Trainer, ICOS, on (01) 231 5326 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum on Education Aboard
The Forum on Education Abroad chose Dublin as its conference location this year, the first time that the forum has been held outside of the United States. This year’s theme focused on "Reinventing the European Experience: Culture, Politics and Diversity in U.S. Education Abroad”, a topic that generated some lively and interesting conference conversations.
Louise Staunton from ICOS contributed to the event by co-presenting a well-attended workshop with Sarah Holt, North American Liaison Officer, UCD, entitled “Europe: Study Abroad for Beginners’. The workshop examined ways in which U.S. Education Abroad programmes could better equip study abroad students to adapt to host-country social and academic cultures by developing innovative and realistic intercultural content for supplemental pre-and post-arrival cultural awareness programmes. Using Ireland as an example, the session discussed the benefits that cultural awareness programmes can have in developing students' intercultural skills and knowledge in a seemingly similar cultural environment.
Cities Against Poverty: Smart, safe and sustainable cities
Dublin City Council is hosting the 8th Forum of World Alliance of Cities in Dublin on 20th and 21st February 2013. This Forum is being held in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Women and will address the subject of how technology can be used to help alleviate urban poverty.
Notable speakers who have been lined up include Helen Clark (former Prime Minister of New Zealand) and now Administrator at the UNDP as well as former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland) from the Mary Robinson Foundation. The Forum is an official event of the Irish Presidency of the European Union (which runs from 1st January to 30th June 2013).
Going Global information
The next Going Global Conference will take place from the 4-6 March 2013 in Dubai with the theme ‘Global education: knowledge-based economies for 21st century nations’.
Services to International Students
ICOS/USI “Listening to International Students” Forum
ICOS and USI held the annual Dublin international student forum on 14 November at the Mansion House, with the opening address delivered by the Dublin’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Clare Byrne.
Students from a wide range of higher education institutions across in the greater Dublin area attended the forum to discuss key issues associated with integration and event co-ordinator Lisa Kehoe of ICOS said: "There was a great atmosphere as students got to meet new people and understand they are not alone with their issues. Many positive points were made and it was agreed that being as well informed as possible was the best way to integrate successfully into Irish life."
ICOS and USI are also looking ahead toward holding another forum outside the capital in 2013, with Galway the likely location.
» Read more on the Dublin Forum event in Issue 6 of Yeah!, the International Student Magazine
Irish Aid Fellowships
Christmas Reception for Irish Aid Study Fellows
The annual ICOS Christmas party for Study Fellows took place on Wednesday, December 12th December in the ICOS Office. Students and supporters of ICOS sampled tasty African cuisine catered by the Diaspora Women's Initiative, as well as some Asian food. Attendees also enjoyed participating in some Christmas carol singing to mark the festive season.
Irish Aid launches new fellowships for South Africa
In November, Minister for Trade and Development, Mr Joe Costello T.D., launched a new scholarship scheme to support ten South African students to study in Ireland next year - The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme. Operated by Irish Aid, it will support Masters or Post-Graduate Diploma level study in disciplines including finance, business, engineering, sustainable technologies and public health and nutrition. » Read more
New Irish Aid website gives added focus to fellowships
Death of former ICOS Chair
ICOS was saddened to learn of the recent death of one of one its founding members, Professor Louis Smith, who served as ICOS’ Chair for many years and remained a valued friend.
Professor Smith was a Director of ICOS for nearly 25 years between 1975 and 1999 and was an Honorary member right up until his death on 25th November 2012. Professor Smith was instrumental in many important developments over the organisation’s history not least in the achieving state recognition and funding for ICOS as well as in securing ICOS’ current home at 41 Morehampton Road. He remained ever generous with his time and never wavered in his genuine interest and concern that international students would be properly supported while in Ireland. He was also one of the first to speak of the importance of maintaining links with international alumni of Irish institutions.
We send our sincere condolences to Professor Smith’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Opening Hours 2013
From Wednesday 2nd January 2013, the ICOS office will operate the following schedule:
2011 ICOS Annual Report
The recently published 2011 ICOS Annual Report is now available to download from our website.
Executive Meetings / AGM 2013
The final Executive Committee meeting of the year was held in UCD on December 13th.
The first meeting for 2013 is scheduled to take place on 7th February 2013 while ICOS’ AGM and annual seminar will be held on Thursday 6th June 2013.