Ireland is too small for a hierarchy of universities

Ireland“The message is that rationalisation is the main challenge and the key objective for third level right now. This would also have been a message coming from the Government’s document published in December 2008, Building Ireland’s Smart Economy. This states: ‘Ireland has a relatively large number of third-level institutions. International research shows that the concentration of investment in research and development is important in advancing research innovation. In successfully advancing our knowledge capacity, there is now a need to re-examine the roles and relationships of higher education institutions across the Irish system.’ The structure of the sector is, of course, an important issue, but it should always be seen as secondary to its quality …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 17 March]

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