Ireland – A Great Place to Study

Welcome to Ireland


Dublin's strength and success comes from its diversity and unique mix of cultures. The city is constantly changing - retaining a sense of tradition while also embracing the new. We are proud to reflect these aspects of Dublin at DBS; many of our students are from Ireland, but we also attract students from all over the world. This background gives you the outlook you need to succeed in an increasingly global and competitive job market.

While studying, you will benefit from our world-class teaching facilities. Student life in Dublin is not just about your study – it’s about the friends you make and the time you spend exploring one of the most fascinating cities in the world.Education in Ireland Logo
Education in Ireland is managed by Enterprise Ireland, the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.

Education in Ireland's goals and objectives include:

•To promote Ireland as a quality destination for students.

•To promote and support the international activities of Irish education institutions.

•To act as a national point of contact and referral to and from Irish suppliers of education services and the international market place.

•To promote Irish education expertise as a valuable resource for international institutions, development agencies and governments.

•To liaise with education interests and government to identify and remove barriers to the development of the international education sector.

Ireland's Workforce

Ireland’s public expenditure on education (per capita) is ranked 8th in the world; just ahead of the UK (9th), France (11th) and the Netherlands (10th).
Source: World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010

45% of people between the age of 25 and 34 in Ireland have a 3rd level qualification placing Ireland 8th in the World for university education attainment.
Source: World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010

Ireland ranks 4th globally for the availability of skilled labour. 
Source: World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010

Ireland ranks 4th in the world for displaying culture that is open to new ideas.
Source: World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010

Ireland’s labour productivity (GDP (PPP) per person employed per hour, US$) is the 6th highest in the world.
Source: World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010

Ireland’s labour market flexibility is ranked 9th in the world.
Source: World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010

Ireland’s human development index is the 5th highest in the world and Ireland is ranked 15th in the world for life expectancy at birth (life expectancy at birth in Ireland is 80 up from 78 in 2004. At 83, Japan has the highest life expectancy).
Source: World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010

Ireland is regaining its cost competitiveness relative to our main competitor countries. In 2010 prices fell by 1.5%, unit labour costs fell by 5.5%, while labour productivity grew by 4%.
Source: European Commission Report on Economic Adjustment Programme for Ireland (February 2011).


Business Regulation

Ireland is ranked 8th for ease of doing business.
Source: The World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index 2009

There are 4 start-up procedures required to register a business in Ireland; this is similar to the number in the US (3.5) and significantly less onerous than the EU average (6). It takes 13 days to start a business in Ireland.
Source: The World Bank

Ireland ranks 1st in the world for having a corporation tax that does not discourage entrepreneurial activity.
Source: World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010.

Ireland is home to a multitude of multinational organisations including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google.


Ireland’s dynamic Research Development & Innovation sector is driven by an exceptional level of collaboration between industry, academia, government agencies and regulatory authorities.

Gross expenditure on R&D in Ireland (government, academic and industry spend) was 1.4% of GDP in 2008; Ireland is committed to increasing R&D spend across the economy to 2.1% of GDP by 2013.
Source: OECD: Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2010 pg 190

50% of all enterprises in Ireland are engaged in innovation activity placing Ireland 7th across the EU (EU average 39%)
Source: Community Innovation Survey 2008

Since the launch of the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006 – 2013, Irish-Owned Business expenditure has increased by 33%. (€390m to €520m in nominal terms). (In other words) Irish-owned businesses spend over half a billion on R&D annually.  
Source: BERD 2007/2008 Survey

8% of companies in Ireland collaborate internationally on Innovation annually; similar to Denmark and above the numbers for the Netherlands, the UK and New Zealand.
Source: OECD: Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2010 pg 190

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Ireland is a highly entrepreneurial society and established entrepreneurs make up 8.6% of its adult population. Ireland has a higher proportion of established entrepreneurs than the majority of its Eurozone counterparts as well as the UK (6.4%), the US (7.7%), Australia (8.5%) and Israel (3.1%).
Source: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2010 Report

Ireland’s venture capital investment as a percentage of GDP was ranked 7th in the OECD in 2008 (0.13%). (7th in the OECD compared to a position where we had no VC market in the mid 1990s is a very positive outcome and reflects well on Enterprise Ireland’s intervention in this area.)  
Source: OECD, Entrepreneurship Financing Database, July 2010

65% of early stage businesses set up in Ireland have an international orientation (i.e. are exporting); this is above the rate in Germany, the UK and the majority of other advanced economies.
Source: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2010 Report

The function of entrepreneurs is to search for, respond to and exploit change with new ideas, products and processes. Irish entrepreneurs are the most innovative in advanced economies; offering inventive and novel products and services to global consumers.
Source: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2010 Report.

Note: This document was released by Enterprise Ireland but all statistics are from National (e.g. CSO) and International (e.g. Eurostat, WTO) sources.