In this blog, Equinox’s Managing Director Noel Doyle reflects on his recent business trip to Malaysia and Japan to forge new links between overseas Schools and Universities and Irish educational Institutes.

Visiting Osaka Gakuin University in Japan to explore options to link with Irish third level institutes.

Having worked in international education for over twenty years, I’ve naturally clocked up a lot of air miles exploring new markets, developing new partnerships and implementing new Educational programmes. Travel is all part of the cut and thrust of our business development strategy and I love the opportunity of seeing how educational systems work in other territories, learning from them and then adapting the best parts to apply within some of our own programmes in Ireland.

In Malaysia with Ms. Siow Wei, Chief Editor of Dreams IC High School Magazine and CK Chiau of My Study.

In my career I must have visited over 500 schools worldwide sharing ideas and leaning new educational methods. At this stage I know what works and what doesn’t and my abiding philosophy is that if you are going to design a bespoke programme or work with academic institutes, you better continuously strive to improve at every turn and exceed expectations at all costs if you want to grow as a business. It’s a ideology that we apply everyday in Equinox, whether we are dealing with a primary school student or a senior citizen, our aim is to simply be the best when providing expert, independent advice for all our academic or cultural programmes here and abroad. To paraphrase Aristotle “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Visiting Josho Gakuen Junior and Senior High school in Japan to discuss their forthcoming visit to Ireland.


Taking some time out in Japan.


The beautiful tranquility of a Japanese garden.


The dazzling neon lights of Osaka.


Beautiful Kuala Lumpur.


                                                                                 Equinox MD Noel Doyle, together with CK Chiau and colleagues from My Study, Malaysia

My recent trip to Malaysia and Japan is a case in point. Equinox has very strong links with both these markets and we have facilitated several tailor-made programmes into Ireland from both these countries in a little over a decade. We work with a couple of great agents on the ground who have been instrumental in forging links with local schools and universities for us as they see the value proposition of what Ireland has to offer. This is not just in terms of our world-class academic system, but what we as a people can provide to enrich the cultural experiences of our students and guests. It goes without saying that I am very proud of some of the bespoke programmes that we have delivered over the years, and testament to this fact is that many of the groups return time and time again. However, Ireland surprisingly still takes a back seat to many of Europe’s ‘go to’ destinations for prospective students, because awareness of our great country is not as high as it could be. Whilst agencies such as the Enterprise Ireland and Education In Ireland have done much to champion the opportunities and benefits of the Irish educational system and our undeniably word-class cultural offerings, more work needs to be done. My personal goal is to continue to promote Ireland as a destination of choice for International students, whilst at the same time bringing new immersive, overseas study and cultural options for our Irish clients.

Equinox’s MD Noel Doyle together with Equinox’s International Business Development Manager Paul Dunne at an ICEF business development event in Berlin recently.

Equinox’s journey is only really getting starting and we hope we can bring many more people with us along the way. So why not give us a call and find out what we can do for you today?

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