February 2016 – Education Ireland MY

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My Experience in Ireland – Yek Siu San

给勇敢追梦的你 by 叶秀珊
Studying at Dublin City University for Msc in Journalism

我27岁,有一份稳定的工作和收入,却因为一个梦想,踏出舒适圈,辞职后出国留学。我是独中生,在台湾读大学,毕业后回国工作4年。在即将开启人生第三章,我盼着可以到西方国家进修,好几次却因为英文不好而缺乏信心,总觉得梦想遥不可及,做做梦还可以。

后来,神为我开了路,让我遇见很棒的英文老师,即便我英文差,她总能对症下药,让我在半年内通过雅思(事后我才知道去爱尔兰不需要雅思),认识了MyStudy创办人CK协助申请学校事宜,去年9月顺利被录取来到爱尔兰,就读一年的新闻硕士课程。这一切还是那么不真实。

爱尔兰是一个很美的国家,有“翡翠岛国”之称,处处都是蓝天白云青草绿地,我在首都都柏林上课,这里不是繁忙的大都市,而是一座融合现代感和复古的城市。除了冬天下起雨刮了风会颤抖,其他时候,就像是免费的冷气。

在地理位置上,爱尔兰是夹在美国和英国的中间,因此,爱尔兰人对这两个大国的大小消息可是了若指掌。而爱尔兰是欧洲国家当中,除了英国之外,第二个以英文为媒介的国家。当然,欧元和英镑相比,学费和生活费也相对的低一些。

我初来爱尔兰报到时,在街上走着走着“扑街”(跌倒),脸上“挂彩”,不论是开车还是路过的爱尔兰人,都马上停下车,停下脚步,扶起满脸是血的“外国人”,还开车把我送到附近药剂行。药剂行的人,虽是开门做生意,但他们一看到我,拿了药箱把我清理伤口,敷药,却没有收我一分钱。

这是我这半年来生活的城市,有人情味。班上同学更是很乐意的交朋友、分组写报告,反而很多时候是自己自卑,觉得英文讲不好而不敢开口。我的爱尔兰室友,更是天南地北的跟我聊,从历史、政治、宗教及民生课题等,来了半年却感觉很熟悉这个城市。

在这里度过了生日、圣诞节、跨年、华人新年,这也是每逢佳节倍思亲的时刻,但是,特别的是,什么节日都有特别的人相伴,这里的氛围感受西方的节庆,华人新年有中国侨胞举办活动,依然有舞龙舞狮,有华人餐馆,有亚洲市场可以买到Maggie牌泡面。马来西亚大使馆更是经常举办活动,一样可以吃到“辣死你妈”(Nasi Lemak)。在这里也有教会,结交了来自世界各地的好朋友。

上课很充实,课余时间我也打工(学生一星期可以打工20小时),忙着赚每小时€9.15的最低薪资,一方面减轻家人负担,另一方面累计工作经验及扩展人脉网络。爱尔兰号称是欧洲的硅谷,苹果、谷歌、脸书的欧洲总部都设在这里。因此,读IT之人是最“吃香”。

虽然人家常说外国的月亮比较圆,但月亮也有不圆的时候,爱尔兰也有她的缺点,你肯定不会相信,爱尔兰政府部门的效率竟然比马来西亚还差!

世界之大,走出去才会知道。爱尔兰,给勇敢追梦的你!

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交换礼物抽到“圣诞装”,穿出街应景。

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都柏林城市大学(DCU)马来西亚帮在过年过节都聚在一起。

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与其他学校联谊一日游

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都柏林庆祝农历新年

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下课后和班上同学一起聚会。

Erasmus+ participation doubles in 2014; boosts youth employment

Short on time? Here are the highlights:

  • Under an expanded funding formula, participation in the Erasmus+ European student mobility programme more than doubled in 2014
  • 500,000 students and 150,000 educators received funding for training, study, and volunteering abroad that year
  • The programme has been shown to have significant effects on the employability of participants
  • This is especially true for programme alumni in Eastern Europe, whose risk of long-term unemployment was reduced by 83%, and Southern Europe, where mobile students were half as likely to experience long-term unemployment

Read full passage on http://monitor.icef.com/2016/02/erasmus-participation-doubles-in-2014-boosts-youth-employment/

 

Shifting currencies expected to drive growth for more affordable destinations

Short on time? Here are the highlights:

  • Currency values play an important role in shaping demand for study abroad
  • We are seeing reports of actual and projected shifts in student mobility in response to dramatic (i.e., 30% or more) changes in currency exchange rates
  • Two recent examples are Canada, which is expected to attract more American students in 2016/17, and Russia, which anticipates continued enrolment growth from European and Asian markets in 2016
  • Both destinations have seen their currencies fall off by about 30% against the US dollar

Read full passage on http://monitor.icef.com/2016/02/shifting-currencies-expected-to-drive-growth-for-more-affordable-destinations/

 

My Experience in Ireland – Travis Loh

Fortunately, I had another shot at my ticket. There was an Education Ireland booth set up on Tar UC campus, and I intuitively went to check it out. (If you are ever wondering, it is significantly affordable compared to the likes of UK and Australia)

Lo and behold after 2 years, here I am, now working in Ireland; all because of the best decision I had ever made – to study in Ireland. Within these 2 years, I had the greatest time of my life, met friends from all around the continent whom I would even consider as family and even seen various wonders of the world. All these experiences, I would say had profoundly humbled me as a person and I will definitely cherish all those moments to the end of days. I am currently employed in Ireland by the company provided internship during my undergraduate.

My Experience in Ireland – Ong Hong Sam

I completed my diploma at TAR UC and I transferred to Ireland my third year of Mechanical Engineering in Ireland. Over the years, the university has invested millions of Euros to provide students with the best learning materials, facilities and tutors. In the university, there is a newly built Engineering building and was equipped with the latest experiment devices for the students. Apart from that, whenever I find any difficulties within the course, there are always experienced tutors and friendly staff that are willing to guide me. The interaction between students and tutors are exciting as well as everyone has their different opinions on certain matters. A challenge to minds, I would stay.

My Experience in Ireland – Melody Chong

Ireland is a beautiful country with many sights to see. I have never once regretted my decision to further my studies here. It’s not just about studying when you study abroad. It’s all about the experience. My college provides us with a multinational environment where I have actually made friends from all around the world such as Brazil, China, Poland and Germany. So here’s a piece of advice : Explore, enjoy and have fun. Don’t forget to study too!

My Experience in Ireland – Eileen Tan

Coming to Ireland is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Letting go every single bit of my comfortable circle in Malaysia was never easy, but I am glad that I was persistent with my decision to pursue a postgraduate degree in Ireland. Not only I received a world-class postgraduate education at affordable fees, I also acquired world-class soft skills through various learning opportunities within Ireland and Europe. Education in Ireland is beyond books and classrooms, it is learning through our everyday life experiences. Currently as a PhD researcher, I took this step further as I truly believe that this postgraduate learning in Ireland will bring me to a different level of learning and a step closer to achieve my dream.

My Experience in Ireland – Chung Seen Mun

It is my 2nd year in Ireland and I still find in Ireland the best country I have ever been in these 19 years. I am falling in love with this superb country. Ireland is a peaceful and quiet country with amazing greeneries. The weather in Ireland is cooling even during summer. Most Irish people are friendly and you can walk to them easily. The learning style in Ireland is also different in Ireland; we are encouraged to think outside the box. I made a life changing decision to come to  Ireland to pursue my foundation course immediately after I finished my SPM exam. Progression route into Degree has made it easier after 9 months of foundation course and I am now pursing the Year 2 degree here. I highly recommend this route to anyone who is sure of the course they want to study as this will save you a lot of time and money. Studying abroad might be tough but I found out that most Malaysians are able to cope with their home-sickness easily. Studying in Ireland is definitely one of the best decisions I have made in my life.