Taoiseach Micheál Martin witnesses signing of agreement between leading EdTech company Cialfo and NUI Galway during visit to Singapore
The deal will allow the university to build stronger relationships with prospective students from Southeast Asia, China, and India.
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DUBLIN, JULY 25, 2022 — Taoiseach, Micheál Martin T.D., has attended a ceremonial signing of an agreement between the National University of Ireland Galway and Cialfo, a Singapore-headquartered ed-tech provider, that will help promote the university to prospective students in Asia and worldwide. The agreement will allow NUI Galway to find and connect more efficiently with high school students and counselors who have expressed an interest in studying in Ireland via Cialfo’s early career exploration and college application platform, which has a network of 310,000 learners from more than 105 countries.
The formalities took place last week after a VIP business networking lunch hosted by Enterprise Ireland at the Shangri-La Hotel Orchard as part of the Taoiseach’s trip to Singapore. The deal between one of Ireland’s leading universities and Cialfo is reflective of the overarching mission of the Taoiseach’s visit: to reinforce the importance of innovation to and strengthen the relationship between Ireland and Singapore.
The partnership will last 13 months, during which NUI Galway will be featured on Cialfo’s platform and promoted internationally via online and in-person events to students across South East Asia, China, India, and beyond.
Cialfo is an award-winning digital transformation leader in higher education and international student mobility. Currently, more than 310,000 students, families, school counselors, and admissions officers at over 1,000 universities rely on Cialfo to meet, manage the career exploration and college application process and make educated decisions about the future.
Prior to the pandemic, the number of new international students from outside the European Economic Area pursuing higher education in Ireland jumped by 45 percent between 2013 and 2017 according to a study from the European Migration Network. However, the impact of the pandemic has been far-reaching in all areas of education in Ireland, with the cost to the university sector projected to be €328 million. The agreement between Cialfo and NUI Galway will aim to help the university to bounce back as much as possible, as quickly as possible.
Commenting on the significance of the deal between the National University of Ireland Galway and Cialfo, Rohan Pasari, CEO and Co-founder of Cialfo said: “With universities everywhere still feeling and grappling with the effects of the global pandemic, we are delighted to be partnering with an institution like NUI Galway to help strengthen their international recruitment efforts through both our technology and understanding of students worldwide. It is exciting that the Irish Taoiseach was here to mark this occasion, which reinforces both the significance of this deal and the importance of education in fostering cross-cultural understanding and innovation in Ireland and Singapore.”
Commenting on the significance of the deal between the National University of Ireland Galway and Cialfo, Professor Becky Whay, Vice President International at NUI Galway, said: “Our aim is to develop outstanding collaborations and connections across the globe that will enhance opportunities and experiences for all of our students and staff. This new joint partnership with Cialfo comes at an exciting time for NUI Galway as we pursue our future vision to be a truly Global University. With the support of Cialfo, we look forward to continuing to grow and diversify our student population and forming deeper and stronger connections in South East Asia and China.”
Commenting on the significance of the deal between the National University of Ireland Galway and Cialfo, Kevin Ryan, Director of Enterprise Ireland ASEAN said: “It is great to be able to support this agreement, between NUI Galway and Cialfo, especially on the occasion of the visit of Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD to the region. The connections and commitments forged during the event demonstrate the power of our current relationships and the potential for the future.”
“Our aim is to develop outstanding collaborations and connections across the globe that will enhance opportunities and experiences for all of our students and staff. This new joint partnership with Cialfo comes at an exciting time for NUI Galway as we pursue our future vision to be a truly Global University. With the support of Cialfo, we look forward to continuing to grow and diversify our student population and forming deeper and stronger connections in South East Asia and China.”
- Professor Becky Whay, Vice President International, NUI Galway
Cialfo provides transformative technologies, thinking and tools to students and schools – from K12 to universities – so they can more easily meet, manage the career exploration and college application process, and make educated decisions about their future. Nearly 200 Cialfolk work from the company’s headquarters in Singapore, at local offices in India, the United States, and China, as well as from nine other remote locations, to make higher education more accessible worldwide. For more information, visit www.cialfo.co.
About NUI Galway:
Established in 1845, NUI Galway is one of the top 2% of universities in the world. The university is bilingual - Irish and English and is made up of four colleges, 19 schools, and five research institutes, with more than 19,000 students, including around 3,000 international students. There are more than 2,500 staff, and the university has research collaborations with 4,675 international institutions in 137 countries. The university has 110,000 alumni and 98% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months
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