Noble So­lu­tions build­ing Ir­ish ed­u­ca­tion brand

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THE Del­gany man be­hind Wick­low’s ‘Best Start Up’ com­pany in the 2014 Best Young En­tre­pre­neur Awards, is now work­ing hard to po­si­tion Ire­land as a top class des­ti­na­tion for higher ed­u­ca­tion.

This comes as the In­done­sian gov­ern­ments de­ci­sion to pro­vide 5,000 fully funded in­ter­na­tional schol­ar­ships (LPDP) to grad­u­ates for their Masters De­gree or PhD stud­ies cre­ates a huge op­por­tu­nity for Ire­land.

Michael Noble, Manag­ing Direc­tor of Noble So­lu­tions, runs a busi­ness which bro­kers re­la­tion­ships be­tween uni­ver­si­ties with the aim of ar­tic­u­lat­ing in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion routes. Noble So­lu­tions works with a num­ber of Ir­ish in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing Univer­sity Col­lege Cork, Dublin City Univer­sity and In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Tal­laght.

The com­pany has also been ex­pand­ing in the Asian re­gion since 2013 and has ac­tive projects in In­done­sia, Viet­nam, Myan­mar, Philip­pines and Malaysia that aim to at­tract stu­dents to Ire­land.

The com­pany is fo­cused on build­ing the Ir­ish ed­u­ca­tion brand through univer­sity part­ner­ships, dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing campaigns, pub­lic events and me­dia re­la­tions.

It is hoped not only to cre­ate the op­por­tu­nity to send LPDP re­cip­i­ents to Ire­land this year, but, with a num­ber of Ir­ish uni­ver­si­ties hav­ing signed Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ings with in­sti­tu­tions in South-East Asia through Noble So­lu­tions, that they will look to fur­ther pro­mote Ire­land through fac­ulty/stu­dent ex­changes, sum­mer pro­grams and joint re­search.

Mr Noble be­lieves that bring­ing stu­dents to study in Ire­land is good for the coun­try in the long-term, as if fos­ters good re­la­tions be­tween them and the Emer­ald Isle which can be built upon in the fu­ture.

‘When stu­dents un­der­take stud­ies in Ire­land, they be­come brand am­bas­sadors for our coun­try,’ said Mr Noble.

‘ Through ed­u­ca­tion we cre­ate ad­vo­cates of Ire­land, which over time helps to build global re­la­tions and sus­tain­able busi­ness part­ner­ships. Be­sides the ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits of en­hanc­ing in­ter­na­tional trade links, in­ter­na­tional stu­dents rep­re­sent vi­tal FDI to the Ir­ish economy.

‘In­done­sia is a coun­try that can­not be by­passed when seek­ing to at­tract in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to Ire­land,’ he added, re­fer­ring to the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion on schol­ar­ships.

This sen­ti­ment has been echoed by Tom Red­mond, the Deputy Head of Mis­sion at the Ir­ish Em­bassy in In­done­sia.

‘When In­done­sians travel to Ire­land to study, they cre­ate the peo­ple-to-peo­ple links which are essen­tial in build­ing up long-term cul­tural, po­lit­i­cal and com­mer­cial ex­changes be­tween our two coun­tries,’ said Mr Red­mond. ‘ These ex­changes pro­mote trade, tourism and in­vest­ment – in both di­rec­tions and to the ben­e­fit of both sides.

‘En­cour­ag­ing and as­sist­ing stu­dents to travel to Ire­land is an im­por­tant part of the em­bassy’s work, and we ex­pect to see a steady in­crease over the next few years,’ he said.

(From left) Michael Noble, Manag­ing Direc­tor of Noble So­lu­tions, Laura Mon, In­ter­na­tional Ad­vi­sor with Myan­mar Metropoli­tan Col­lege, and Nam Hoang Pham, Head of In­ter­na­tional Col­lab­o­ra­tions.

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