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Minister Jan O’Sullivan meets Vietnamese delegation visiting Irish third-level institutes

Irish Aid, Press Releases, Asia and Oceania, 2011

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., today met a delegation of Vietnamese journalists to highlight Ireland’s status as a world-class destination for third-level study.

Minister O’Sullivan welcomed the delegation to Iveagh House today as part of an initiative by Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to encourage stronger educational links between the two countries.    

Minister O’Sullivan said: “I am delighted to welcome this delegation from Vietnam and to invite them to learn more about Ireland’s excellent third level institutes. Developing Ireland’s educational links with Vietnam is a key goal for Enterprise Ireland and the Government.

“More than 100,000 Vietnamese students study overseas each year. Approximately 27,000  students from Asia are currently studying in Ireland. We are aiming to double that figure in the coming years."

“I met these journalists and the education agents who arrange overseas study for Vietnamese students during my visit to Vietnam last month, so I was delighted to hear about their very positive experience in Ireland over the last two days. I was also very pleased to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Vietnamese Government during my visit last month to facilitate stronger education links between Ireland and Vietnam. ”