Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the funding spent on the programme for research in third level institutions in each of the years 2002 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Research Funding Data

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of SMEs that have undertaken applied research in conjunction with a funded agency or institution under the aegis of her Department in each of the past ten years, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Third Level Institutions: IMERC

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the decision by University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology to withdraw staffing and funding from the Irish marine and energy research cluster IMERC in Ringaskiddy, County Cork (details supplied); and the future of the research facility, in view of this withdrawal by same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Student visa delays could cost UCD millions in fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Serious delays for international students acquiring visas could cost UCD €8.4 million worth of fees, the college’s president Andrew Deeks has told the Department of Justice. Mr Deeks said if international students did not receive visas in time to start their studies in September millions of euros in fees would be lost, causing major ‘reputational damage’ to Ireland’s universities internationally …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Upskilling workers for the Brexit Challenge

Posted in Governance and administration on July 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, along with Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today (Monday, 3rd July, 2017) host a joint stakeholder dialogue on ‘Enterprise Skills Needs and Brexit’ in the Aviva in Dublin. Noting that action to improve the skills base represents one of the most practical and effective domestic responses to Brexit, the Tánaiste said …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 July]

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Tánaiste Fitzgerald and Minister Bruton Outline revised Graduate Programme aimed at non-EEA students studying in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD, and the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, have today (Thursday) announced changes to the Third Level Graduate Programme, a key action under the International Education Strategy …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 June]

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Russia tops league for number of visas to study in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Russia tops the league table for the number of study visas to Ireland issued over the last three years, followed by Saudi Arabia, China and India. India had the highest number of visas refused for an individual country …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Minister expects more English language school closures

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said she expects more English language schools in Ireland to close as reform of the sector continues. The Labour Party Minister said she and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald of Fine Gael had jointly brought proposals to Government to ‘clean up’ the system …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 1 July]

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Ministers O’Sullivan and Fitzgerald announce Government approval of reforms to the student immigration system for international education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today announced that the Government has approved the implementation of a series of reforms to the student immigration system for international education …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 May]

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English language schools to be obliged to provide student ‘insurance’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“English language schools will be compelled to put in place a learner protection scheme to compensate students for future closures under planned new regulations for the sector, The Irish Times has learned …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 May]

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Department of Justice plans reforms to weed out ‘rogue’ language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Justice has appealed to students and teachers working in the private international English language school sector to report bad practices, as it confirmed a reform of the sector was underway …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 13 May]

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English-language college in ‘weak financial position’ closes doors for two weeks

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Another English-language college in Dublin could be on the brink of closure after it informed students it would not open for the next two weeks due to a ‘weak financial position’ …” (more)

[Noel Baker, BreakingNews.ie, 28 October]

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Students from closed colleges must be in education for immigration reasons – Minister

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“International students affected by college closures must now be in full-time study to comply with their immigration requirements the Minister for Justice has said today …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 September]

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Tighter regime for issuing of student visas announced

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A tighter regime for the issuing of student visas is the cornerstone of the Government’s new plan for regulation of the international education sector in Ireland …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Students hit by language school closures get new offers

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2014 by steve

“Hundreds of foreign students left in limbo by English language school closures are to be offered alternative programmes at major discounts by other providers …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 June]

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Ministers Quinn and Fitzgerald announce language students affected by recent private college closures to be offered alternative courses at major discount

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2014 by steve

“International students affected by the recent closure of several private colleges are to be offered alternative courses in high-quality, approved English language schools at a heavily discounted rate …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 June]

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Quality mark will regulate language schools

Posted in Legal issues on May 30th, 2014 by steve

“An educational quality mark to be in place by the end of the year should ensure below-standard colleges for international students can no longer stay in business, the Dáil has been told …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 May]

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Language schools sector to be reformed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2014 by steve

“Some English language schools have abused their status to act as fronts for people seeking work in Ireland, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has warned. He said he and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald brought the matter to Cabinet yesterday and will now move to reform the sector …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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‘It’s the early years that will decide your child’s future – not university’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2014 by steve

“It is a measure of the task faced by the supposedly peripheral Frances Fitzgerald that despite all of the controversies and the recently passed Children’s Referendum that the Minister for Children believes that up to a fifth of the nation’s children are still ‘failing to thrive’ …” (more)

[Independent, 16 March]

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Colleges must take ‘humane’ approach with debt collectors, says children’s minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald has urged colleges to take a ‘humane’ approach when hiring debt collectors to chase student fees …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 11 February]

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