KUCHING: Ireland remains the world’s most affordable destination for tertiary education.
Visionary Education Consultancy (VEC) director Anna Cher said there is still a lack of awareness among many East Malaysians about Ireland’s tertiary options even though it is a friendly country with highly-established and world-renowned universities.
“Some universities and institutes of technology even subsidise or provide free on-campus accommodation for Malaysian students. Some are also offering scholarships for eligible students.
“Tuition fees per year is about 9,000 euros for most institutions, while rental is about 250 euros per month, depending on the area. These are considerably cheap if compared to other Western countries like United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada,” she told reporters.
She pointed out that Malaysian students do not need a visa to study there.
“Also, they are allowed to remain in Ireland up to one year after graduation under what is known as the Graduate Work Visa Scheme,” she added.
VEC is authorised by the Irish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to recruit students who are interested to further their studies in Ireland.
The next intake for universities and institutes of technology will be January.
“Students can come to us with their SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) or Cambridge O level forecast results and we will help them with the enrolment. They will start their foundation studies in January, which takes seven months to complete.
After that, they will enter undergraduate programmes in September.
“Admission requirement is a minimum of five credits in SPM or Cambridge O levels including Mathematics and English,” Cher explained.
Well-known Irish tertiary institutions are Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, University of Limerick, Cork Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
VEC also provides similar consultancy services for Swiss College of Hotel Management Lenk (SHML) in Switzerland and International Aviation Centre in Kuala Lumpur.