The number of students from the Republic of Ireland studying in Northern Ireland has fallen by more than a third since 2011.However, there has been a rise in the number of Northern Irish students in the Republic in recent years.The findings are part of a joint government analysis of cross-border student enrolments.It warns that Brexit could have a substantial effect on the cross-border flow of higher education students.The analysis of student flows between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in higher education has just been published jointly by the Republic’s Department of Education and Skills (DES) and Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy (DfE).It shows that the number of students from the Republic of Ireland studying at higher education institutions in Northern Ireland fell from 3,520 in 2011/12 to 2,195 in 2015/16 – a 38% decrease.Separate figures from the DfE show there was a further fall to 2,095 students in 2016/17.As a result, students from the Republic of Ireland now make up only 3.8% of higher education enrolments in Northern Ireland.The most recent figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) show that there were 1,328 Northern Ireland students at universities, colleges and institutes of technology in the Republic in… Read full this story
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