Thu, Aug 13th, 2020
In March 2020 IAESTE Ireland programme activities were put on hold because of the COVID-19 crisis. However, even before the pandemic the environment for IAESTE was extremely challenging. In November last year we in Léargas commissioned an external programme review to investigate the programme’s relevance globally and its viability in Ireland.
The review involved consultation with all key stakeholders and was completed in March 2020. It found that “the evidence in Ireland is that (IAESTE) is attracting some interest from students, but hardly any engagement from higher education institutions or enterprise. This is despite the significant efforts made by the IAESTE Officer to promote the programme.” The consequent recommendation was that Ireland end its membership of IAESTE.
The review and its recommendation were considered by the Léargas management team and the Léargas Board. The Board formally adopted the recommendation in June 2020. Léargas will therefore cease to deliver the IAESTE Programme in Ireland.
Any students already accepted for placements due to start in 2020 have the option to be supported on their placement through the international IAESTE A.s.b.l. network, and have been contacted.
Any students who had registered interest in taking part in IAESTE and had paid the €30 registration fee have been contacted and will be offered a refund.
We are very aware of the huge benefits that IAESTE brought to its participants, and close this programme with regret. We wish to thank all those who supported the IAESTE programme in the past – staff, universities, enterprises and our local committee volunteers.