Irish students returning from Ukraine will be able to continue their studies in Irish higher education institutions, it has been confirmed.
Higher and higher education administrator Simon Harris made the confirmation following a meeting with the Association of Irish Universities (IUA) today, to discuss the higher education response to the situation. in Ukraine.
The majority of Irish students who had to transfer were studying medicine and dentistry.
The department said the IUA has set up a working group with deans, the Medical Council and admissions officers to ensure that Irish students returning from Ukraine can continue their studies and integrate into the associated program. “to an appropriate extent”.
Meanwhile, Minister Harris and the IUA also agreed that there should be a central point of contact for people from Ukraine who want to study at university in Ireland, and that will be done in the coming days.
Minister Harris said there will be a variety of responses to the industry’s requests.
“When it comes to higher education, the immediate priority is to make sure Irish students fleeing Ukraine can continue their studies here. My department has been in contact with all of them and they are deeply traumatized by what happened. We will work to extend our support and care to them,” he said.
“IUA Universities have confirmed that they will provide the needed places and we look forward to working with them on that. We will also work together to ensure that Ukrainians can also access higher education here.
“I will continue to engage with colleagues across the industry to ensure we can deliver an effective response to the worst humanitarian crisis of our lives.”
Minister Harris added that the “most pressing” issue for foreign nationals coming to Ireland would be access to English language support.
He said: “This is important to ensure people have the ability to understand the information presented to them and to help them integrate into Irish society.
“We will also need to provide employment opportunities for people and give people the opportunity to participate in higher education programs.”
Meanwhile, the Department for Education and Further Education and Higher Education, also met with Solas and the Education and Training Council of Ireland (ETBI), to ensure a “coordinated and family-based approach to centered” between schools and further education to meet the English needs of adults and children from Ukraine.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/irish-third-level-students-fleeing-ukraine-will-be-able-to-continue-their-studies-in-ireland-41445971.html Irish high school students who fled Ukraine will be able to continue their studies in Ireland