Wicklow Minister meets with Bray Language School on the other side of the world

Last week Wicklow Minister Simon Harris was part of a Team Ireland Trade Mission in South Korea. The Trade Mission aimed to strengthen Ireland’s links with South Korea and celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between both countries.

Minister Simon Harris hosted a number of events in South Korea in his role as Minister for Further and Higher Education, namely an alumni event with a number of Ireland’s English language schools where he met Colm O’Byrne, Managing Director of ATC Language Schools representing a Bray based English Language School.

Speaking at this, Minister Harris said “I’m so proud to see some of Bray’s finest on the other side of the world, promoting education in Ireland to international students!

“I was in South Korea on a Team Ireland Trade Mission, led by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, with the aim of strengthening ties between our two countries and to announce a new quality mark for English language schools. While in Asia I made sure to enhance Ireland’s already stellar reputation as a trusted destination and educational hub for international students.

“Students from across the world have been coming in droves to study English in the land of Céad míle fáilte and the work of ATC Language Schools in Bray and others around the country is invaluable.

“I am determined as a public representative of Wicklow to make sure we attract the best and brightest from across the world to come study in our English language schools and I’m glad so many already go to Bray to experience this.

“In South Korea I had the opportunity to hear from a number of South Korean students who spoke of their experience in studying in Ireland. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Managing Director of ATC Language Schools Colm Byrne said: “We are delighted to fly the flag for Bray internationally and are proud to be headquartered in our year round school on the seafront in Bray.

“We had a fantastic alumni event with Minister Simon Harris on Wednesday evening, where students who had previously studied in Ireland got to share their transformative experiences of studying in Ireland with the Minister.”

“The Minister spoke of the much anticipated launch of International Education Mark. This is something that ATC Language Schools, and the broader Marketing English in Ireland (MEI) school base, are very supportive of as we look to continue to raise the bar of the educational offering for our international students.”

“We look forward to continuing to work with Minister Harris and his department towards the implementation of this new quality mark in the coming months.

Colm Byrne concluded: “We look forward to further strengthening our ties with Korea in months and years ahead; and to welcoming our partners and friends to Ireland in return.”

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