Details of Government’s third-level strategy to be announced this week

“The government is expected to announce the establishment of a national strategy for higher education later this week. The strategy is likely to shape the development of the third-level sector for decades to come, according to Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe. The Minister is likely to announce the strategy on his return from official business in Bahrain later this week. A review group could decide on a major rationalisation of higher education. It is likely to recommend much closer collaboration – and even mergers – between third-level colleges. While the group will consider funding issues, the possible return of fees will be considered separately by the Cabinet in April when Mr O’Keeffe tables his proposals …” (more)

[Séan Flynn, Irish Times, 3 February]

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