Revolutionising Education

Ireland“The announcement that the country’s two largest universities, UCD and Trinity College are to merge to form an ‘innovation alliance’ has been met with wideranging criticism in the past week. Staff members feel that they have, yet again, been left in the dark about the direction of the university, with IFUT General Secretary, Mike Jennings, describing the manner in which the deal was completed as ‘quite disturbing’. As clear details of what exactly this merger will entail have not yet emerged, it appears that the university is maintaining the secretive manner in which it conducted its negotiations with Trinity College. By sticking closely to a single statement issued by UCD President, Dr Brady last week, staff would be forgiven for believing that the university would rather make decisions now and consult later. The motives behind this alliance can be broken down to simply a battle for survival of the fittest. Of course an alliance will benefit both UCD and Trinity College far more if they choose to stand together as opposed to competing for Government funding against one another …” (more)

[Danielle Moran, University Observer, 24 March]

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