EU Juniors Drive Double Digit Growth in Irish ELT

April 07, 2017

The yearly statistics made public by the news media in the nation of Ireland stated that the yearly applications rose by 11% to reach a staggering 119,119 students in 2016.


That was an increase from the previous year’s tally of 107,129 applications. More than half of the application was submitted by younger students from nations in the European Union, and the highest number was received from Italy and Spain.


The younger student department observed a 28% rise in students applications to reach nearly 63,000 students while the older section for adults saw a decline in the application by 1% to end at 56,189.


The news media attributed the increase in applications to applications of students from European Union students from nations like Austria, Spain and Italy and the extra addition of three more institutions to the body.


The chief executive officer of the news media in charge of the statistics, David O’Grady, told reporters in a statement that the increase is really important as it comes at a good time when the county needed it.


In the year 2015, the news media in charge of the statistics study saw an 8% rise in application after a fall experienced in 2014.


The resilient currency of Britain also was a determining factor as it stayed strong for most of 2016, David told news reporters.


“If you take a closer look at it you would see that the rise experienced has come from the students from the European Union and the younger ones too, and that is the sector most susceptible to competition from the United Kingdom and the pounds,” he said to reporters.


With the currency getting weaker, David reckons that the growth would slow down a bit.


“Institutions say that the first quarter of the year has been a little slow, and students are returning to the United Kingdom.


I don’t foresee an exponential rise in 2017.” On the other hand, enrollees weeks in 2016 declined by around 3% in spite of the 12% increase in the younger applicants to end at 107,793. The increase was put in a bad light due to the 6% drop in senior’s program, made possible by a 26% fall in non-European Union permit applications.


For both sectors, the duration of stay on the average was around five weeks.


Enrollees coming into the Ireland from nations in the European Union resided in the country for around 2.5 weeks while students from outside the union who did not require a permit to reside stayed for about 18 weeks.

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