University rankings highlights need for greater emphasis on research – Lawless

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Research and Development James Lawless TD says the publication of the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings highlights the need for a greater emphasis to be placed on developing Ireland’s third level research sector …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 September]

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More focused approach to scientific research is paying off

Posted in Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of four new Science Foundation Ireland research centres is one of the most significant investments in scientific endeavour in Ireland of recent years, and will maintain momentum for an approach that is generating globally-significant research …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Distorting effects of university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The advent over this past decade of world university rankings is the most unhelpful and damaging intrusion into the international world of higher education (‘Trinity College climbs up global university rankings’, News, September 6th). The predominant criterion of these rankings is the performance of the university in research, as measured by its research publications in international academic journals …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 7 September]

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New €20m fund for agricultural research and innovation

Posted in Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new €20 million fund for agricultural research and innovation has been announced by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF). The ‘Ireland AgTech Fund (IAF)’ will invest in start-up and early stage AgTech companies that can ‘generate significant economic impact’ in the Irish agriculture and food sectors …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 6 September]

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