A difficult necessity in this economic climate

“Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD explains why he believes third-level fees must be introduced to protect the higher education sphere. The Government’s Framework for Economic Renewal, launched by the Taoiseach before Christmas, establishes Ireland’s ambition to become internationally renowned as an innovation island. At the core of achieving this ambition will be our capacity for producing highly skilled graduates and fostering a climate of creative thinking and advanced research and development. Ireland’s economic recovery and our future prosperity and well-being as a ‘smart economy’ depends on making the right policy choices now, at a time of difficult competing calls on public resources. My recent announcement of a call for proposals worth €300 million under Cycle 5 of the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions is an important signal of the Government’s continuing determination to lay the foundations for our future competitiveness, to create and protect high-value jobs in our economy and to accelerate our recovery out of the current recession …” (more)

[Batt O’Keeffe, University Observer, 2 March]

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