IUA Breakfast Seminar: Ireland’s place in a new European University System, 29 January 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7. How can Ireland’s Universities compete with the best in Europe? Hosted by the Irish Universities Association and MC’d by Ella McSweeney, join EU Commissioner for Education Tibor Navracsics, Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and a panel of experts …” (more, registration)

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What next for universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“From 1978 to 2018 – in other words, for 40 years – I worked for universities. Throughout these years universities seemed to experience both great advances and great crises. Student numbers grew exponentially, as it became public policy to make higher education much more inclusive. Research budgets became significant as indicators of excellence. Whole regions were transformed by university growth in their midst …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 January]


Technological University Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On January 1st, 2019, you recycled a sentence from a previous article on December 20th, 2018, on the establishment of Technological University Dublin: ‘Critics, however, say the move amounts to little more than a name-plate change and claim the criteria required to secure technological university status have been “dumbed down” …” (more)

[Kevin Lalor, Irish Times, 8 January]

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What issues will dominate Irish education in 2019?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandLeaving Cert reform: decision time: Classrooms in the run-up to the Leaving can resemble military training grounds where students are drilled to produce perfect answers to potential questions based on marking schemes. Students are stressed, teachers have little choice, creativity suffers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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TEP is In a Muddle. It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“By now, it’s abundantly clear that students are more than a little disgruntled by the implementation of the Trinity Education Project this year. A letter compiled by a small group of students and signed by over 100 more confirmed – in very dramatic terms – the anger palpable in the College over how a much-anticipated year has panned out …” (more)

[University Times, 7 January]