Ireland has been ranked as the best country in the world for the second month in a row in an index measuring where the COVID-19 pandemic is being handled most effectively and with the least social and economic upheaval. Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking is a monthly snapshot of how the pandemic is being handled in the world’s 53 biggest economies. It uses 12 data indicators that span containment, quality of healthcare, vaccination coverage, mortality, and restarting travel. More than 90 per cent of adults in Ireland are now fully vaccinated and there is strong compliance with public health measures. The Irish government has now agreed that the remaining aspects of the education, hospitality, entertainment and night-time economy sector can reopen with the full range of protective measures in place and the wide and robust implementation of the EU Digital COVID Certificate (COVID-19 pass).

On 31 August 2021, the Irish government published ‘COVID-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting ,’ Ireland’s plan for the final phase of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This phase, taking place throughout September and October, saw the majority of COVID-related restrictions gradually lifted and replaced by guidance. The plan is a significant shift in the state’s pandemic public health management, from protection at the population level, through regulations and restrictions, to protection at a personal level, through supportive measures implemented in relevant settings.

The Department of Further and Higher Education informed English language education stakeholders that the plan for the final phase of the COVID-19 response also provides a roadmap for the full resumption of activity in the ELE sector. This resumption began on 20 September 2021 with in-country students and expanded further to allow international student recruitment after 22 October 2021. In-country students whose visas are set to expire between 21 September 2021 and 15 January 2022 will be able to remain in Ireland until 15 January 2022, at which point they will be expected to have obtained a visa if they want to stay longer. If students are travelling to Ireland from overseas, they must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure. They must also have an appropriate valid proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery, or present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country. Click here for more information on International Travel Advice.

MEI Schools have made the necessary preparations for the safe resumption of activities in line with the reopening plan. Schools can now operate fully in-person provided that they comply with public health guidelines and all relevant travel restrictions and advice as it evolves. It is the responsibility of MEI Schools to maintain the duty of care for the health and wellbeing of their staff, students and communities, as the levels of activity increase. Click here to see more information on the essential actions that schools must implement to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

As we look forward to 2022, the ELT sector in Ireland is optimistic about a robust recovery. Ireland has earned a reputation as a premium, internationally respected, language learning destination. Ireland is a small island nation but also a dynamic and open economy. Following Brexit, Ireland is now the only native English-speaking country in the European Union. Ireland is a nation that has traditionally excelled at changing direction quickly and efficiently, with an attitude of willingly embracing the opportunities that change offers. Within a single decade, for example, Ireland has transformed into a global financial services sector and home to pretty much every bank or financial services company around the world. In a similar timeframe, a daring tax regime and a highly skilled and well-educated workforce saw Ireland become the Silicon Valley of Europe and a global leader in the production of pharma technologies.  

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet virtually with MEI Schools at the upcoming MEI Online Workshop on 2nd December 2021. Conduct business from your desk or home office. Reconnect with partners around the world using the flexible virtual event schedule.

How does it work?

  • All you need is a Study Travel Network account to participate.
  • Schedule all your meetings in advance through the Meeting Manager tool.
  • 20+ meeting slots available for appointments.
  • Meeting appointments appear in your own time zone.
  • Webinars, promotional activities and Irish themed competitions.

Registration here – https://mei.ie/mei-online-workshop-2nd-december-2021/