Comments on the new STEM policy document of the DES

Posted in Teaching on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The STEM Policy Document produced by the Department of Education and Skills was recently launched. It follows on from the report produced by an advisory group chaired by DCU President, Brian McCraith. That report was generally sensible and made some good suggestions about how science and technology education could be improved in schools …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 18 December]

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Are engineers prone to terrorism?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In his most recent column Sean Moncrieff notes the curious fact that a high proportion of ISIS terrorists are from an engineering background. I’ve heard this argument before and the subtext is that engineers are unsophisticated nerds, with systemising mindsets, who seek simple and simplistic solutions to complex problems …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 18 December]

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UCD Smurfit Executive Development admitted to UNICON

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit Executive Development has been formally admitted to UNICON. UNICON is an invitation only alliance of the world’s leading university-based executive education providers where members share knowledge, research and perspectives to support the evolution of executive development programmes. UCD Smurfit Executive Development is the only Irish member to be admitted …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 18 December]

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Navy unhappy UCC and CIT shut joint effort on research facility

Posted in Research on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Naval Service (INS) was disappointed by the decision of UCC and Cork Institute of Technology to shut down earlier this year a maritime research facility on which the three collaborated. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the INS claimed a report used by the two colleges to justify the closure of the Irish Marine and Energy Research Cluster (IMERC), in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, contained ‘inaccuracies and unsubstantiated assertions’ …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 18 December]

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor is Digging Higher Education Out of a Hole

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In June, Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s appointment as Minister for Higher Education became something of a sideshow in itself. Backroom chatter abounded over what position Mitchell O’Connor had really asked for, while Fianna Fáil pledged to oppose her appointment as a ‘super junior’ minister …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 17 December]