Third Level Course Accreditation – Athlone Institute of Technology

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will take steps and measures to ensure that third level education institutions here are not allowed to commence courses until they receive full and proper accreditation from the relevant bodies, here or elsewhere within the EU; the measures that the Higher Education Authority are taking to ensure cases where programmes are cancelled in the middle of a degree are not cancelled; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 18 September]

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RCSI to invest €80 million in new medical education facility

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2013 by steve

“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is to invest €80 million in the development of a new medical education facility in Dublin. The development, which is in the planning process, will create 200 jobs during the construction phase …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Interview: DCU’s Brian MacCraith on Ireland’s opportunity to be an international test-bed for innovation (video)

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland has many unique strengths that can allow it be a very attractive test-bed for innovation, but it is vital that we leverage these strengths to the full. That’s according to Professor Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University …” (more)

[Ann O’Dea, Silicon Republic, 4 September]

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Universities failing industry, business body claims

Posted in Teaching on August 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Irish universities have rejected claims by a business lobby that third-level education here was delivering graduates ill-prepared to enter business. The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) yesterday said the universities were ‘failing industry’ …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Irish university business courses ‘light years’ from global standards, says Isme chief

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“Irish business students are not being prepared adequately for life in the entrepreneurial world, with universities ‘paying lip service’ to education in the area, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association has said …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Education at MacGill

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2013 by steve

“There was a session devoted to education at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal and speakers included the Minister, Ruari Quinn, eminent academic, Brigid Laffan and our President here in DCU, Brian MacCraith …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 8 August]

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MacGill Summer School: Ruthless focus on quality of education urged

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2013 by steve

“If Ireland holds any ambition to build one of the best education systems in the world, people will have to be far more willing to ‘ruffle feathers’ in order to make improvements …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 2 August]

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Leaving Cert must be transformed, says minister

Posted in Teaching on August 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has signalled that the Leaving Certificate will be overhauled just like the Junior Certificate, as the education system was criticised as ‘unsustainable’ amid fears of a ‘slide into mediocrity’ …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 2 August]

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DCU holds graduation ceremony for 180 sub-Saharan African students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2013 by steve

“Dublin City University held a graduation ceremony yesterday more than 7,000km from home, as the first participants in its ‘future African leaders’ programme collected their scrolls …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 6 July]

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Universities named in list of top 100 ‘newcomers’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2013 by steve

“Two Irish universities have been named among the top 100 universities less than 50 years old …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 June]

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President of DCU, Prof Brian MacCraith Envisions the Future of Education

Posted in Teaching on April 7th, 2013 by steve

“Presented and produced by Seán Delaney. On this week’s programme, I speak to Professor Brian Mac Craith, President of Dublin City University, about the Séamus Heaney Lecture he gave in St Patrick’s College, titled Envisioning the Future of Education, and about his work as a university president today.” (audio)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 7 April]

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DCU chief calls for digital learning strategy

Posted in Teaching on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland risks being left behind in the ‘online education revolution’, according to the president of Dublin City University. Prof Brian MacCraith has made the case for a new ‘digital learning strategy’ as the world’s universities embrace new technologies …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 11 February]

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200 new DCU supported jobs a major boost for North Dublin City

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2013 by steve

“Labour Party TD for Dublin North West, John Lyons, has welcomed the launch of the DCU Innovation Campus which will support 200 new Cleantech jobs – with the possibly of growing to 500 jobs – and allow for the development of a major high tech hub in the north city area …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 21 January]

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DCU Innovation Campus to support 200 jobs – Minister Bruton

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD has officially opened the DCU Innovation Campus, a new national centre for innovation in the Cleantech sector, one of the fastest growing areas of economic activity and worth more than €5 trillion globally …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 21 January]

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DCU launches cleantech innovation hub to exploit potential for green economy

Posted in Research on January 21st, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton will officially launch the DCU Innovation Campus today on its new site in Glasnevin, Dublin 9 …” (more)

[John Holden, Irish Times, 21 January]

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Europe in bid to tie up €80bn plan for research

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“Irish researchers and innovators are well placed to profit from the EU Horizon 2020 programme. You could call it a case of pretty good timing. Ireland is hosting the presidency of the council of the European Union for six months …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 7 January]

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What will happen in education in 2013?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2012 by steve

“… There will be increasing speculation about Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn’s future. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn can reflect on 2012 with quiet satisfaction. Key elements of his reform programme, such as changes to the Junior Cert and school patronage, are up and running …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 18 December]

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Free education not practicable: DCU President

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith believes the recent decision by DCU Students to campaign for a free education system is ‘not a practicable one’ …” (more)

[Aoife Mullen, The College View, 12 December]

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Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2012 by steve

“… The Budget underlined how the third-level sector continues to be marginalised. The additional €25 million cut in funding may be a bridge too far for many university presidents. But it also underlines their failure to lobby the department effectively on the funding crisis …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 11 December]

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What now for scientific funding in Ireland?

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“The future of scientific funding was a key talking point at Science Foundation Ireland’s summit in Athlone. Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. And last week when Science Foundation Ireland rolled out its new strategy, Agenda 2020, it re-ignited discussion about the future of scientific research in Ireland …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 19 November]

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