Irish schools sign up Brazilian youth
THOUSANDS of young Brazilians will be able to receive their third level education in Ireland under a new agreement.
It allows for 1,500 post-graduates to continue their education at Irish universities and colleges while 5,000 under graduate places will be offered to students from Brazil.
Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello, who is leading the biggest ever trade mission to South America, said education was a key area that presented huge opportunities for the country. The trade mission coincides with President Michael D Higgins's official visit to South America.
"We are first in Europe in relation of the levels of students who go on to acquire third level degrees, which stands at 55pc of our young people," Mr Costello said.
Mr Costello said that selling our education product to Brazil would be one of the most fruitful areas of Irish trade.
He also officially opened an Irish food plant outside Sao Paulo. Synergy Aromas Ltd makes flavourings for the food and drinks industry. It is a subsidiary of the Carbery Group in Cork.
Earlier, President Higgins met with former Brazilian president Luiz Lula da Silva, who served for two terms and has announced his intention to return to political life after successfully completing treatment for throat cancer.
The president presented Mr Lula -- an avid football fan -- with an Irish soccer jersey and some Galway Crystal.
Last night, the president and Mr Costello attended an Irish Business Network reception hosted by Enterprise Ireland.
Today the president will meet with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia before heading onto Rio de Janeiro.