IUA calls for €20m ad campaign to attract international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) have called for funding for a €20 million advertising campaign to attract international students to Irish universities to be included in the next programme for government. Jim Miley, director general of the IUA, stated: ‘Covid-19 has led to a collapse in the international student market’ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 17 May]

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Decision due by May 29th on IT Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“A decision is due by May 29th on the Institute of Technology Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT. The Munster Technological University is the planned merger of the two institutes in Kerry and Cork, a process which was first mooted in 2009 …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 17 May]

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Could we not have a bit of inspiration?

Posted in Life on May 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Having challenged myself to write every day, I’ve turned off Netflix and turned on my computer. I feel I need to keep up with Mary Gallagher (author of Academic Armageddon) who continues to produce fascinating blogs as part of her ‘In a strange land’ series! As an engineer, I always like to read the perspectives of colleagues who work in the humanities. We’re all so focused on our own little niche areas that we fail to stand back and look at the big picture …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 17 May]

Phase 1 Approaches

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“Phase 1 of the Roadmap for relaxation of its Covid-19 restrictions would commence as planned on Monday 18th May. This won’t make a huge difference to those people working in third level institutions because it means that anyone who can work from home should continue to do so …” (more)

[In the Dark, 16 May]

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DCU announces plans for the delivery of programmes in the 2020/2021 academic year

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“DCU announced on Friday that there will be a combination of both online and face-to-face classes for the coming 2020/2021 academic year. In a statement, the university confirmed they would be providing a ‘hybrid delivery of programmes for students in [the] new academic year’ …” (more)

[Aoibhín Meghen, The College View, 16 May]

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New role of alumni in recruiting international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2020 by steve

International“Anyone working in higher education today does not need a weatherman to know that international recruiting and admissions has changed since COVID-19, and in all likelihood will be changed forever. This year almost all international conferences have been cancelled and, depending on the higher education institution, between 85% to 90% of all international travel has also been cancelled …” (more)

[Gretchen Dobson and Marguerite Dennis, University World News, 16 May]

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Students Should Not Choose Degree Until End of First Year, Says DCU Professor

Posted in Teaching on May 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Incoming first year university students should ‘not be admitted to a particular degree programme until the end of their first year in college’, according to an Associate Professor in Dublin City University. Dr Greg Foley, a historically outspoken Irish academic from DCU’s School of Biotechnology made the statements in a letter …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 16 May]

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Relationships vital in post-COVID internationalisation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2020 by steve

International“With international mobility restricted and professional relationships across distances seeming fragile, we need personal contacts more than ever. Among the proliferating internationalisation strategies and formal partnership agreements of international higher education, there is something which universities often overlook – the power of interpersonal relationships …” (more)

[Catherine Montgomery, University World News, 16 May]

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Outrage and anger after pontoon at University of Limerick is damaged by vandals

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“A Garda investigation is underway after a floating pontoon at the University of Limerick was badly damaged after it was set on fire by vandals. A spokesperson for UL has confirmed the incident, which occurred on Wednesday afternoon, was reported to gardai and that the area has since been secured …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 16 May]

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State Won’t Expand Eligibility for Free College Fees, Says Joe McHugh

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“The government does not currently intend to expand the criteria for eligibility for free third-level fees, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said. Responding to a question in the Dáil from Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin about whether the government will conduct a review of its college fees policy for students returning home from abroad to study, McHugh said that the Department of Education and Skills ‘is not planning to amend the qualifying criteria of the Free Fees Initiative’ …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 May]

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