By Naren DhingraThe Irish college greenlit a £1.2m scholarship scheme for academics in 2017 to help with costs associated with their degrees, a move that has been criticised as a move to make students feel ‘more Irish’ by boosting their academic credentials.
The Irish Government has confirmed that the scheme, which will be funded by the Irish Department of Education and Skills (IDES) will be implemented for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The scheme will be awarded to undergraduate students who have completed a degree programme in an academic discipline from a European country, and who intend to study in Ireland.
The scholarships will be offered to individuals who have a maximum of five years of academic study.
According to the Irish Independent, the Irish government will award up to £1,000 per student.
However, the scheme is not expected to be a one-time expenditure, as students will be able to apply for it again during their second year of study.
The announcement comes just weeks after the Government confirmed that it will be expanding the number of students who can take part in scholarships, from 20,000 to 30,000.
The new scholarships will allow students to have their courses completed within a short period of time, and students can earn up to $60,000 (€54,000) from the scholarship scheme.
This is in addition to the €100,000 that is currently available from the IDES Scholarship Scheme for the 2017-2018 academic year, which is available to undergraduates.
The university said that it wanted to help increase the number and diversity of students studying in Ireland, and to build on the success of the Irish Academic Scholarship Scheme in the past.
The academic scholarships scheme is being set up by IDES in partnership with the University College Dublin (UCD), the College of Science and Technology (CST), the School of Social Work (SOW), the University of Limerick (UL) and the National Union of Students (NUS).
The Irish Universities Union (IUU) said that the government is looking at the scholarship programme as a “key part of our efforts to strengthen the Irish educational system and to encourage Irish students to stay and pursue their studies in Ireland”.
It said that, as a result of the scholarships, students will now have more choice about their academic choices.
“It is good to see the Irish Government making this commitment to support Irish students with their academic pursuits, especially when it comes to their choice of study,” IUU president Dr. Richard Boyd said.