UCD Investing €6.5 million to house 50% more start-up companies

Posted in Research on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last August, UCD announced a €6.5 million development project to expand the capacity of NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, to increase capacity to house early-stage start-ups by over 50%. The project to renovate and extend the facility’s east courtyard commenced in August 2018 and is expected to be completed by summer this year …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 20 February]

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Underfunded Irish universities are ‘systems in danger’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Tuesday 29th January, the Director of Governance and Funding for the European Universities Association (EUA), Thomas Estermann said at a seminar organised by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), that despite the increase in funding to Irish universities in 2017 and 2018 after a decades of cuts, ‘the long-term sustainability of the higher education system in Ireland remains an issue …'” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, University Observer, 19 February]

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Can universities be masters of their post-Brexit destiny?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

“The post-March 2019 relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union is no clearer and the uncertainty has now affected all sectors of higher education activity. The resources spent by UK organisations strategising for all possible scenarios will have long-term implications, whatever the final outcome, because prioritising resources towards this end comes at the expense of other areas …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, University World News, 13 February]

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RAG Week celebrations underway in Carlow Town

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Rag week celebrations are under way in Carlow town where students have been socialising since it kicked off on Sunday. Local pubs have been running events such as breakfast raves and high profile DJs are playing in local nightclub the Foundry all week …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR96FM, 19 February]

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Snobbery lies at the heart of our education and training system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The recent Higher Education Authority analysis of completion rates offers many grounds for congratulation among undergraduate students: overall the figures compare well with international benchmarks. But they raise some important issues, especially given relatively higher dropout rates in institutes of technology and in IT courses …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn and Tom Boland, Irish Times, 19 February]

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