Indian Graduation Ceremony to Highlight DIT's Worldwide Links

16th January, 2005 : Four students are to graduate this week at the Institute for Integrated Learning in Management, New Delhi, India in an MSc in International Business from the Dublin Institute of Technology. The graduation, on Wednesday, 19th January at IILM, is a first for both DIT and the IILM. The students will be the first to receive such an award, and will also represent the first cohort of DIT Graduates to be conferred in India.

DIT's Director of Academic Affairs, Professor Frank McMahon will travel to India to present graduates with their awards and the Minister for Education and Science, Ms Mary Hanafin TD will be guest of honour.

According to Professor McMahon, "These are the first graduates to go through DIT programmes delivered by IILM and I am delighted to be present for their graduation.  Having the Minister present will be a great honour for students and faculty in IILM, and will further strengthen our relationship with our colleagues there and encourage students on our programmes."

The Institute for Integrated Learning in Management is a small but prestigious higher education institute in New Delhi, specialising in professional qualifications in business and media.  The partnership between DIT and the IILM was established three years ago, in line with Irish government policy to increase links with Asia.  As part of the partnership, one hundred students in IILM are enrolled on four DIT degree programmes - the Bachelors in Journalism; Bachelors in Business and Management; Masters in Marketing; and Masters in International Business. 

"Developing this partnership to deliver DIT programmes in IILM was an important move for DIT" says Professor Frank McMahon. The Partnership brings together the academic strengths of both DIT and the IILM and programmes are delivered by professors from both Institutions. In addition, DIT currently recruits some 50 - 60 students from India to come to Dublin to study, and the programme with IILM offer further opportunities to develop DIT's profile in India and promote other study opportunities to Indian students.

The International Education Board of Ireland (IEBI) recently estimated that almost 2 million students study overseas each year and that this market is set to expand significantly in the foreseeable future. Many countries have recognised the economic importance of this activity and in recent years they have also recognised the long term political, cultural and social benefits of welcoming overseas students. With a maximum of 20,000 overseas students (including English Language students), Ireland's share of this lucrative market stands at only 1%.

Higher education is one of Ireland's greatest assets and its potential value to our economy must be realised. Dublin Institute of Technology intends to significantly increase its number of International students over the next five years and plans are well under way to continue to build its world-wide links and to develop partnerships with Universities and educational establishments across the globe.

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