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Graduates have the world at their feet

THE largest class yet at Shannon College of Hotel Management graduated last week.At the graduation ceremony, Philip Smyth, director of the Shannon College of Hotel Management, said the experience of the college shows the Irish third-level sector should consider the world its oyster when it comes to student recruitment.“Over 45% of our students are from outside Ireland, some from as far afield as China and India, which are huge potential markets for international education.  We have a really good international reputation and that helps but we have had to get out, roll up our sleeves and sell ourselves very hard in these markets because that’s what required.“We do have many advantages because of the standard of education we provide, the fact that we are an English-speaking nation, because Ireland is less expensive now to live in than what it was, especially for students and because we are smart in how we target them. “But none of those qualities are exclusive …

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Council anger over site future

SHANNON Town Councillors have said they are disappointed about a lack of consultation from Shannon Development regarding the future of a local one-acre site.The Clare Champion of February 8 carried an ad from Shannon Development in which it said it was “seeking proposals from suitable individuals/consortiums/companies for purchase/lease of land for the development of a community project on a c 1 acre site at Shannon Town Centre”.A closing date for the request of a tender form was given as the following Friday, February 15.At last Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, Labour’s Greg Duff put forward a motion asking that the council express its disappointment that greater efforts weren’t made to consult the local community regarding the site.His colleague Tony McMahon said Shannon Development had made a “feeble effort” to engage with community interests. Independent Gerry Flynn said he felt Shannon Development had “shown arrogance in the way they have dealt with this particular site”.He said a body like Clare County Council …

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