Government plans new hub to help Ukrainian students continue their higher education studies in Ireland

The government is setting up a central helpdesk hub to support Ukrainian students wishing to continue their higher education studies in Ireland.

Panel of experts, including tutor advisors, help students find a local college that meets their educational needs.

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is to tell delegates at the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) annual conference later today that the helpdesk is expected to be operational next week.

Secretary Harris, who registered last month to take in a family fleeing war-torn Ukraine, said facilitating the large numbers of people arriving is a challenge, not least for the education sector.

The plans will help support Ukrainian students wishing to have their educational qualifications recognized in Ireland.

Mr. Harris will say it is vitally important that our education systems work to support displaced teachers, students and researchers.

Other topics he will address at the TUI conference include plans to bring proposals to the cabinet on future university funding in the coming days.

Mr Harris says the Government will expect a reduction in the student/faculty ratio in exchange for additional investment.

He also prioritizes support for students with an intellectual disability to participate in higher education.

Mr Harris said the plans had the potential to be “transformational” for people with intellectual disabilities and would open the doors of higher education to all, but added he could not elaborate further before going to Cabinet.

Meanwhile, the government will also look at plans to shake up the college course admissions process by providing more places that don’t require CAO credits.

The proposal is part of a broader funding and reform plan for the further education and higher education system that is due to come to Cabinet soon. Government plans new hub to help Ukrainian students continue their higher education studies in Ireland

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