Third level holds key to our recovery

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2012 by steve

“In University College Cork last year, Nobel Laureate, James Watson predicted that in the 21st century countries will only be as strong as their universities …” (more)

[Michael Murphy, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Reversal of Fortune

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2011 by steve

“The topic of the PhD seminar in a sunlit classroom at University College Dublin is of more than academic interest to the doctoral candidates who fill every seat. It’s called ‘Politics in Crisis’, and it’s about how Ireland has managed to find itself in the depths of an epic downturn so soon after the peak of its ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic miracle — a time of incomparably high growth and low jobless rates, when these same students, most then undergraduates, had the world at their feet …” (more)

[HT: Andreas Hess and Paddy Healy]
[John Marcus, National CrossTalk, May issue]

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The shifting balance of university power

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“The shifts in eco­nomic power are being mirrored in the uni­ver­sity sec­tor, both in edu­ca­tion and research. It’s happened before. The global fin­an­cial crisis has exposed a lot of unfun­ded holes in dif­fer­ent parts of the eco­nomy, and the res­ult­ing cuts and re-prioritisations are affect­ing the ways in which a lot of organ­isa­tions oper­ate. Uni­ver­sit­ies find them­selves unchar­ac­ter­ist­ic­ally in the front line of this process …” (more)

[, 4 May]

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The ‘porous’ university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2011 by steve

“… Desmond’s proposal is to ‘disrupt the current model’ of university education. What dictates this shift from the ‘traditional’ university to the ‘porous’ university? Desmond’s analysis, as usual, is accurate: the current university model is not sustainable. Even before the state decided to re-channel resources from public institutions to banks and speculators the writing was on the wall. Demand now far outstrips supply …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 17 March]


The university-factory?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2011 by steve

“The relationship between the university and capitalism is the key to the politics of 3rd level education. But the nature of this relationship is far from clear. We are perhaps familiar with the argument that neo-liberalism has eroded the idea of ‘the public’ while advancing the logic of the market in all directions …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 16 March]


Student Perspectives on How Higher Education in Ireland Can Help Meet the Needs of the Irish Economy

Posted in Life on March 17th, 2011 by steve

Abstract: This paper will be in three parts; the first section will examine the current tertiary education situation in Ireland amid the global economic crisis and will review what higher education’s contribution be to help alleviate the crisis …” (more)

[Ann Conway and Noelle O’Connor, Conference Paper, 7 March]