Dublin City Council is delighted to announce that an Italian student has won the Dublin Postgraduate Scholarship competition to live and study in Dublin for the academic year.

Rachelle Faggiani beat competition from over 1,400 entrants to claim the prize and has chosen to study for an M.Phil. Literary Translation. She arrives in Dublin this month to begin her course at Trinity College Dublin.

The Scholarship is an initiative by Education in Ireland and the Dublin City Council Place Brand Unit in partnership with nine Dublin universities and colleges.

“I was delighted to meet Rachelle and welcome her to the city that will be her new home for the next academic year,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy. “This is a fantastic opportunity for her, and I hope she enjoys studying and living here and tells all her friends and family back home in Italy about how wonderful our city is.”

“I’m the kind of person that pours myself completely into her jobs and projects,” said Rachelle. “I have many hobbies and passions but I’m also really serious about my education. Winning this scholarship, having the opportunity to stay in a room on campus at Trinity, being able to really live the university life in Dublin is more that I could ever dreamed for my Postgraduates studies.”

Rachelle Fagianni meets Lord Mayor

Picture credit; Damien Eagers Photography

Rachelle will now receive a full scholarship covering tuition costs, as well as accommodation, flights and a stipend for living expenses.

The Postgraduate Scholarship competition was launched earlier this year to reinforce Dublin’s reputation as one of the best student cities in Europe. The digital marketing campaign ran across France, Germany, Italy and Spain throughout April and May 2022.

Giles O’Neill, Head of Education in Ireland, Enterprise Ireland said: “The Education in Ireland team were delighted to support this initiative, highlighting an increasing interest in Dublin and Ireland, something which we are keen to build on into the future.”

Dublin attracts thousands of students from around the world to study in one of its many world ranking universities and colleges. Students are drawn to Dublin for many reasons including its warm welcome, reputation as one of Europe’s most dynamic cities for arts, music and culture and for the job opportunities from many of the world’s biggest companies and brands located in the city. International students are a key market for Irish third level colleges, with numbers still recovering post-COVID. Gross income from international students from fees and spending in the economy, amounted to almost €2.5 billion in 2019 (Source: Irish Times).

Declan Coogan, Associate Director of Student Recruitment at Trinity College Dublin, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rachelle to Trinity and congratulate her on receiving this prestigious scholarship. It is wonderful to see how collaboration in this campaign between Dublin City Council, Education in Ireland and the higher education institutions across our city has led to such a high level of interest in Dublin as a study destination for international students.”

Participating Institutions

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is an international university, steeped in history with a reputation for excellence in education, research and innovation. Trinity is Ireland’s leading university and is ranked 101st in the world (QS 2022). Trinity is also ranked 92nd in the world for graduate employability (QS 2022) and has been inspiring generations of brilliant thinkers for over 400 years…

University College Dublin

UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities occupying an extensive parkland estate of 133 hectares in south Dublin. Globally recognised for its excellence in teaching and learning, UCD has 4 subjects ranked in the top 50 in the world (QS World University Ranking by Subject 2021)…

Technological University Dublin

Formed in 2019, TU Dublin is Ireland’s first technological university. It is a multi-campus university made up of Dublin Institute of Technology, the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and the Institute of Technology Tallaght. As a result, it has locations in the city centre and across a number of Dublin suburbs…

Dublin City University

Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. It has almost 18,000 students, drawn from 50 different nationalities, and over 80,000 alumni across its five faculties…

Royal College of Surgeons

Founded in 1784 as the professional body for surgical training in Ireland, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences has evolved in the years since to become one of the world’s leading health sciences universities, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. RCSI is ranked among the Top 250 universities worldwide (by Times Higher Education)…

Griffith College Dublin

Griffith College is considered one of Ireland’s largest independent higher education institutions with 7,000 learners at its campuses in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. The College provides a wide range of undergraduate and one year postgraduate programmes which are internationally recognised and validated…

Dublin Business School

Dublin Business School (DBS) is Ireland’s largest independent third-level college. With a student population of over 9,000, DBS offers a wide range of postgraduate and professional programmes in Business, Arts, Law and Professional Accountancy (ACCA) to students from Ireland, Europe and countries outside the EU…

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design + Technology

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design + Technology is Ireland’s only institute of technology devoted to music and the arts. Its programmes for visual arts, digital media and technology are among the best in the country. Its groundbreaking approach to education makes it stand out in a crowded field…

Independent College Dublin

Independent College Dublin is a vibrant law and business college based in the heart of Dublin city. The college offers globally recognised, Level 8 Undergraduate degree courses specialising in business disciplines as well as a highly regarded Level 9 Postgraduate MA in Dispute Resolution…

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