11/02/2019

Tánaiste Launches Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has announced the launch of the Ireland-Palestine scholarship programme.

The initiative follows the Foreign Affairs Minister's 2018 commitment to boost the funding for courses offered to Palestinian students and establish a dedicated scholarship programme.

Over twenty places for young adults to study in Ireland's higher education institutions will be on offer this year.

Speaking ahead of the launch on Monday 11 February, Mr Coveney said: "Improving the opportunities for young Palestinians to access quality education has been a priority for Ireland in our work in Palestine for many years. We are well aware from our own experience in Ireland of the important role that education plays in economic and social development. Education increases access to jobs. It instils greater confidence and empowers people to better articulate their own needs. Today's launch of the Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme is a further step forward in Ireland's support for education in Palestine.

"The programme offers a wide variety of Master's level courses in higher education institutions in Ireland. It is my hope that it will facilitate enhanced academic and professional opportunities for Palestinian students and deepen the strong bonds that exist between the Irish and Palestinian people."

The Tánaiste concluded: "We look forward to welcoming an increased cohort of Palestinian students to study in Ireland this year and to growing the programme further in the years ahead."



(JG/CM)

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