Monday 19 March 2018

Thirteenth English language college closes 'with immediate effect'

The Carlyle Institute on Grafton Street Credit: Google Street View
The Carlyle Institute on Grafton Street Credit: Google Street View

David Kearns

An English language school with some 200 international students has closed "with immediate effect", bringing to 13 the number of such schools to shut in recent months.

The Carlyle Institute said it “regretted the announcement” but that “adverse trading conditions” had force it to close its doors.

Located on Grafton Street in Dublin, the English college was due to reopen on Monday following an Easter break.

Instead, it now plans to work with the Irish Council of International Students to ensure all affected students are supported.

“It was a privilege to work with so many talented staff and students and it's our sincerest hope that everybody can be accommodated in this process,” it said in a statement posted on its website.

The ICOS confirmed that it will hold an information and advice meeting for The Carlyle Institute students at 2pm Tuesday 14th April, at the Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.

The Government has been called on to stabilise the English language sector in Ireland following the collapse of 13 schools in the last year.

A small number of language schools recently formed a representative group, The Private College Network, to propose that all colleges seeking visas should secure “an approved insurance policy protecting the student from loss as a result of college closures.”

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