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Ireland’s TUS opens a new office in Lagos

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By Abiodun Okunloye

African countries’ student recruitment and placement will be enhanced.

To better facilitate the recruitment as well as the placement of students from Nigeria and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Ireland Technological University of the Shannon has launched a Student Liaison Office in the city of Lagos. Master’s degree recipients are eligible for a 24-month work permit after graduation. The university stated the inauguration of the office was the peak of endeavours to develop connections with African countries; this might be the start of a significant drive for students from the biggest economy in Africa and others in general.

The new location will complement its existing operations in India, Malaysia, and China in preparation for growth in Latin America. Students, parents, and families of students interested in attending any of its six campuses in Ireland will have access to a “direct line” of guidance and support. TUS president Vincent Cunnane remarked that the establishment of the Student Liaison Office in Lagos was a major step in the development of TUS’s partnerships with African countries during the past six years.

Lagos office would serve as a hub for international students and lecturers.

Also, Donnacha McNamara, TUS vice president International, said the Lagos office would serve as a hub for Irish students and lecturers interested in collaborating with African universities. Students who have studied at TUS and intend to work in Nigeria will be able to get assistance with their careers and find jobs through the TUS Africa Student Liaison Office. This, he said, establishes a fully circular support system that allows graduates to participate with both TUS Ireland and TUS Nigeria, expanding their potential.

Explaining further, he stated that they are dedicated to expanding the relationships they have with their global partners in order to increase the number of international students and researchers who attend TUS and to increase the number of possibilities available to their students, staff, and researchers. The university, he stressed had plans to expand its presence in Europe as well, and it intended to do so in partnership with its European counterparts in the Regional University Network.

Ireland is among the top 10 safest countries in the world.

Sub-Saharan Africa manager Ufuoma Stella Oyovwikefe said the Lagos office provides African students with a wealth of opportunities by providing them with more assistance, individualized guidance, and access to a large community of peers. She also noted that Ireland, as the largest English-speaking country in the European Union, has access to a world-class education system that is recognized around the world. In addition, the manager revealed in a report that Ireland is among the top 10 safest countries in the world, guaranteeing a secure and friendly atmosphere for students.

She also mentioned Ireland’s favourable job market, citing the country’s abundance of internationally recognized corporations in fields as varied as IT, science, commerce, and engineering. This means that graduates can choose from a wide variety of employment options in these sectors. According to her, TUS’s strong graduate employment rate is due to the high concentration of prosperous businesses in the Midwest and Midland regions of Ireland, where the university is located. Furthermore, overseas students can access advantageous post-study visa alternatives and part-time work prospects.

Graduate students have immense potential in the country.

Moreover, students can work while they study to help pay for their education and get valuable job experience; those who complete a master’s degree programme are eligible for a post-study permit valid for up to 24 months, and those who complete a bachelor’s programme are eligible for a visa valid for up to 12 months. There were 15,000 students in the university, including 170 from Africa and 32,000 from other countries in 2021. From 2018 to 2021, the number of African students enrolled in the university climbed by 61%, from 800 to 1,300.

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