Do UCD/TCD job figures add up?

Ireland“Ten days after that big research merger between UCD and TCD, the education sector is beginning to critically examine some of the hyperbole which accompanied the alliance. The claims made on launch day were quite extraordinary and bear repetition. The new merger talked of a potential to create 30,000 new jobs and some 300 new businesses within a decade. There was heady stuff about creating a new Nokia in Ireland and talk of an enterprise corridor linking the two universities. Indeed, it is now known that some in the merger discussions were anxious to claim that up to 75,000 jobs could be created before some wider counsels intervened. But do the UCD/TCD figures add up? Certainly, there is a huge degree of scepticism in Government circles, in the Department of Education, in the Higher Education Authority and critically within the research community itself …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 March]

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