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Government of Ireland International Scholars Honoured

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Taoiseach and Minister Quinn honour the contribution of the Student Ambassadors to Education in Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. (Friday 11 April 2014) attended the Education in Ireland International Student Ambassador Awards Ceremony which took place at Farmleigh.  The event honoured the Student Ambassadors for their contribution in supporting the work of Education in Ireland in attracting international students to study in Ireland.  The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn T.D. was also present and presented the Student Ambassadors with Certificates of Recognition.  Also honoured at this ceremony were the HEA Government of Ireland Scholars, on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.Student Ambassador Ceremony 2014

Speaking at the event An Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny T.D. said:  "I would like to commend the success of the Student Ambassador Programme and the valuable work of promoting Ireland to international students, the importance of which has been recognised by the Government's Action Plan for Jobs.   I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the university and college presidents who are here today but, most of all, to thank the outstanding group of young people from around the world who are playing a crucial role in developing cultural and diplomatic links with other countries and building Ireland's reputation as an education destination”.

Presenting the Student Ambassadors with Certificates, Minister Quinn, said:

‘I want to thank the Education in Ireland Student Ambassadors for their great effort in promoting Ireland through social media.  Education in Ireland’s online presence is significant and growing at an exceptional pace.  In January 2012 we had 42,000 interactions with the Education in Ireland brand, as of April 2014 this has increased to over 1 million and we know that your activity on social media has had a lot to do with this’.