EduCo International Group has announced its first partnerships with European universities, welcoming the leading Irish institutions Maynooth University and DCU into its global portfolio. The announcement was made at the launch of EduCo International’s Ireland operations in Dublin on Friday 24 March 2017, by EduCo’s Ruairi Quinn. The operations are a joint venture between EduCo International Group and Irish education entrepreneur Barry O’Callaghan.
As part of the partnerships with DCU and Maynooth, EduCo International is also acquiring 3U Pathways, a suite of foundation programmes developed under the 3U Partnership established by both universities and RCSI. Head of EduCo International’s operations in Ireland, Jacob Kestner said, “3U Pathways is a successful venture, with a strong team. We are excited to have the opportunity to bring it on campus to DCU and Maynooth and to support its next phase of growth by integrating it with EduCo.” In addition to an academic team who deliver with university partners in Australia, Canada and the US, EduCo has a student recruitment and marketing team of over 70 staff in 17 countries to support partner universities.
For international students looking to study in Ireland, EduCo International has developed undergraduate and postgraduate pathway programmes that prepare students for university study. Students will be fully integrated into their university’s campus from the start of the programme and smaller class sizes with more contact hours will improve their chances of success as they progress.
Professor Brian MacCraith, DCU President said, “This strategic partnership with EduCo International will enhance the visibility of Ireland as a destination of choice for the best international students. As a globally engaged university, DCU is very excited about this opportunity to advance our internationalisation strategy and attract greater numbers of high calibre international students.”
Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University said, “This is a major step forward in the internationalisation of Irish higher education. Maynooth University has doubled our international student numbers over the past five years, and we have ambitious plans to further grow our global reach and partnerships. The Educo International initiative extends the scale and scope of our international activities and is a key part of our strategy to make Ireland a European hub for international education.”
Joff Allen, CEO of EduCo International, said the company “is very proud to launch the partnerships with these world-renowned universities and to add Europe to our portfolio of destinations. Ireland offers a remarkable combination of quality education, industry-linked universities and a safe and welcoming environment for international students. We believe these new on-campus pathways will provide unique and exceptional academic opportunities and our team of Darren Lurie (Group CFO and Head of Corporate Development), Adam Roberts (SVP of Recruitment and Marketing) and Jacob Kestner has worked exceptionally well with our university partners to establish these partnerships and acquire 3U.”
The announcement has already been well received by international education agents who are excited by the opportunities these new partnerships present for international students. Jacob Kestner described the feedback from agents as “extremely positive. There is some uncertainty around traditional destinations such as the UK at the moment and Ireland is soon to be the only English speaking country in the EU. Consequently the timing of the launch has created a lot of excitement.”
Photo details: L-R: Ruairi Quinn, EduCo, Jacob Kestner, Managing Director, EduCo Ireland Pathways, Professor Philip Nolan, President Maynooth University and Professor Brian MacCraith, President DCU.