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New rules cover private colleges
25 May 2015 15:03
The Government has announced reforms aimed at preventing the abuse of non-EU students by private colleges operating here.
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The new measures include a requirement for colleges to hold fees paid in advance by students in separated ring-fenced accounts.
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Colleges will also be obliged to disclose fully the names of all directors, and all owners.
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The Government has said the changes are designed to improve protection for learners, and safeguard Ireland's international reputation.
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In just over one year, 17 private colleges have closed suddenly, in most cases leaving students owed considerable sums in fees paid.
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All of those colleges were approved by the Irish State to offer courses to non-EU students.
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