CHEERS TO IRE­LAND

From nurs­ing to bio­med­i­cine and ho­tel man­age­ment, Ir­ish uni­ver­si­ties pro­vide a wide va­ri­ety of cour­ses for In­dian stu­dents. By Jayant Sri­ram

India Today - - STUDY ABROAD -

UNIVER­SITY COL­LEGE DUBLIN

Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin ( UCD) is Ire­land’s largest Univer­sity with over 1,300 fac­ulty and 17,000 un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents.

UCD is the most pop­u­lar Univer­sity for In­dian stu­dents in Ire­land with about 212 stu­dents in the 2012-13 in­take and is pop­u­lar for sci­ence and engineering cour­ses. Like Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin,

UCD pro­vides un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents in engineering with a range of op­tions for fund­ing. They are placed in paid in­tern­ships and there are a to­tal of nine schol­ar­ships awarded for stu­dents in engineering and busi­ness man­age­ment which cover a part of the tu­ition fee. The univer­sity says that over 80 per cent of stu­dents are taken on by the com­pa­nies they in­terned with full time af­ter they grad­u­ate.

UCD also of­fers schol­ar­ships for spe­cialised grad­u­ate pro­grammes. “I chose Ire­land for the em­ploy­a­bil­ity fac­tor and the fact that get­ting a work visa is eas­ier. Some of my pro­fes­sors are world-renowned and the lab fa­cil­i­ties here are ex­cel­lent,” says Bhaskar Mitra, an MsC stu­dent in Food Sci­ence and Risk Man­age­ment from Kolkata who is also a grad­u­ate schol­ar­ship win­ner.

UCD has also part­nered with Trin­ity to in­vest in an in­no­va­tion lab for which they have spent over a 100 mil­lion euos. “At

UCD you are taught all the skills you need to know to do well in a busi­ness but they also teach you how to be­come a good en­tre­pre­neur. That is one ma­jor dif­fer­ences be­tween UCD and uni­ver­si­ties,” ex­plains Pranav Narasimhan, 19, first year bach­e­lor of Com­puter Sci­ence stu­dent from Chen­nai.

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