Noble Solutions building Irish education brand
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.