Sixty leading Irish academics are going to India to try to persuade more Indian students to come to study in Ireland.

Some 200,000 Indian students study abroad each year.

The Department of Education said the aim of the visit is to promote Ireland as a hub for global education and global business.

It said building closer alliances with India is a key priority for Ireland.

Minister of State for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon will accompany the 60 academics from 16 Higher Education Institutions.

In a statement, the minister said the mission would be sending out a strong message to prospective Indian students that an Irish education would provide a real boost to their future career prospects.

The visit will run until 29 November.