Irish Universities to Attract Growing Number of Saudi Arabian Students

Irish Universities Education Fair for Saudi Arabian Students

On April 4th the 7 universities will host an Education Fair for over 700 Saudi Arabian further education students who are considering their higher education options. The majority of students are government sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Ministry for Higher Education under the King Abdullah Scholarship Programme.

The fair, which is part of the drive to implement the Irish strategy for international education, will be opened by Dr Hesham Khadawardi of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in London. Speaking about the growing relationship between Irish Higher Education and Saudi Arabia, Dr Khadawardi said, “The Education Fair registers a strong repercussion of a flourishing relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Ireland. The Department of Education and the Irish Universities are co-operating both academically and culturally to facilitate the enlarging presence of Saudi students to mutually enrich and benefit foreign students and Irish academia and society”.

The Saudi students are currently studying in Ireland at English Language Schools, undertaking English and Foundation programmes. The aim of the fair is to demonstrate to the students the wide range of options open to them in the Irish University Sector. At the fair they will participate in a series of information sessions given by university lecturers and professors. These sessions will cover a range of disciplines at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and will include popular subjects like Business, Engineering and Pharmacy.

The Education Fair, organised through the Irish Universities Association, will take place in the Royal College of Physicians, No 6, Kildare Street from 1.30pm to 6pm.


For more information contact: Sinead Lucey, International Education Manager, Irish Universities Association. 086 7304177.