ERASMUS Programme – Training in Weapon Systems

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the EU Erasmus+ education and training programme is now being used for training in complex weapon systems and ballistics (details supplied); and if he will request the Higher Education Authority and all higher education institutes here to withdraw from all activities relating to this programme in view of the fact that Ireland is a neutral state …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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Limerick IT president challenges the ‘current blueprint’ for third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The President of the Limerick Institute of Technology has challenged the current blueprint for third level education, as he revealed that 95% of last year’s LIT graduating class either went directly into employment or on further study. At the opening 2018 conferring ceremony in the LIT Moylish Campus this Wednesday, Professor Vincent Cunnane questioned whether the Government’s Hunt Report, first published in 2011, was still relevant for the sector and the challenges it now faces …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 31 October]

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Trinity Must Work Harder to Make Its Graduates Employable

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Recently, QS Rankings released its annual list of the top 500 universities, ranked in order of the employability of their graduates. At first glance, this seemed to present good news for Trinity, as it improved on the previous year’s rank in this category …” (more)

[Paddy Mockler, University Times, 4 October]

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Female STEM students unaware of their job options

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Recent research conducted among undergraduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) at the University of Limerick has revealed that almost one third are not aware of the types of jobs they could apply for once they graduate …” (more)

[Olivia Kelleher, Irish Examiner, 4 October]

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Graduate salaries are no measure of a university’s worth

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

“The government’s teaching excellence framework may have been controversial, but it has enabled the higher education sector to articulate what students, parents and industry are genuinely interested in: teaching, employability, student support, real-world skills and co-curricular activities …” (more)

[Dominic Shellard, Guardian, 3 October]

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Education system still counting cost of brain drain from flight of our graduates after crash

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is still feeling the after-effects of the graduate brain drain that robbed the country of youthful talent during the depths of the recession. Thousands of our brightest and best youngsters left these shores in pursuit of more viable job opportunities as the country languished in the fallout from the crash …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 October]

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Accountants to be fast-tracked from college to meet graduate shortfall

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new fast-track system for accountancy graduates has been introduced to help meet the intense demand for new hires. Certified Professional Accountants Ireland (CPAI) has reached agreements with 12 third-level institutions including Trinity College Dublin, the National College of Ireland, University College Cork, University of Limerick, and the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 30 September]

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Irish students reveal their definition of success is ‘being happy’

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The definition of success according to the majority of Irish students is being happy, new research reveals. Irish students also rated their positivity towards career prospects in Ireland at 6.4 out of 10, research from One4all revealed …” (more)

[Aakanksha Surve, Irish Mirror, 27 September]

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Higher Education: Is it worth it?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“High levels of institutionalised education has undoubtedly become an implicit part of modern-day life, with college education becoming almost synonymous with success in our information-driven global economy. There has been an increase of nearly 20% in the number of entrants into third level institutions in Ireland over the past decade …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 24 September]


The value of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Laura Kennedy asks, ‘What value is a university education?’. The answer is clearly outlined in the OECD Education at a Glance 2018 Report just published this week. The OECD confirms that 25- to 64-year-old workers in Ireland with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent earn 67% more than those with secondary education only …” (more)

[Jim Miley, Irish Times, 17 September]

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UCD in world top 100 for helping graduates get job

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has been ranked number one in Ireland for graduate employability, and is among the world’s top 100. UCD has climbed one place to 74th in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019, which compared 500 universities worldwide on helping students to transition to a successful career, with insights from 42,000 national and international employers …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 September]

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Young People Need Options Other Than Traditional Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s that time of the year again. The summer is over, and more than 200,000 third-level students here are preparing to start another academic year. Some have recently expressed surprised at the slight decrease in the number of applicants who have accepted college places this year compared to last year …” (more)

[James Bradshaw, Burkean Journal, 6 September]

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Trinity College top for producing entrepreneurs, new study finds

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin continues to produce more entrepreneurs than any other university in Europe, according to new independent research. A report conducted by research firm Pitchbook shows Trinity produced 232 entrepreneurs and 212 companies, which collectively raised $2.32 billion (€2 billion) in capital between the start of 2006 and the end of June 2018 …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Have college degrees lost their relevance?

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College is seen as a rite of passage for many people. Another ‘check’ on your life to-do list. Go to school, get good grades, work hard, pass your exams, get into a good course, complete your degree, find a job, live happily ever after. We know the drill. As students all over Ireland accept their CAO choices and scramble to find affordable accommodation is now the right time to ask if it’s all worth it?…” (more)

[Alice Murray, Independent, 3 September]

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Career guidance in schools is not fit for purpose – Ibec

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s secondary schools lack the resources to deliver proper career guidance to students, according to employers’ group Ibec. Its review of the sector finds career guidance services overall are failing to meet the needs of people faced with a changing world of work …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Only a third of graduates return to NI

Posted in Life on August 31st, 2018 by steve

“Only a third of students from Northern Ireland who graduated in England, Scotland or Wales in 2017 returned home to work. By contrast, almost nine in 10 of those graduating in NI got a job and stayed in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 31 August]

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Queen’s University Belfast receives £500k to improve gender equality within STEM

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2018 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast has received over £500,000 funding for research that aims to improve gender equality within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Despite numerous gender equality initiatives, fewer than 10% of the UK’s engineers are women – the lowest percentage in Europe – and the proportion of women studying engineering and physics has remained virtually static since 2012 …” (more)

[QUB, 22 August]

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Decline in students choosing ICT courses cause for concern

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Technology Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, says it is concerned at the 11% decline at level 8 and level 6/7 for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) courses as first preferences at a time when total CAO applications fell by 4.2%. Responding to the CAO application data, Una Fitzpatrick, Director of Technology Ireland said …” (more)

[IBEC, 20 August]

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CAO 2018: Points for arts fall amid demand for jobs-friendly courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Points for many arts and creative courses have fallen as students opt for degrees linked to areas of strong jobs growth such as engineering, teaching and nursing. In all, just over 50,000 college hopefuls are set to receive their CAO results on Monday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Engineering body concerned at number of students sitting Leaving Cert STEM subjects

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The representative body for engineers in Ireland has raised concerns over the number of students sitting STEM subjects in this year’s Leaving Cert, saying 2018 has not seen a marked increase for the first time in several years. Results obtained from the State Examinations Commission has shown that almost one-third of Leaving Certificate students sat the higher-level mathematics paper in 2018, a figure that has more than doubled when compared to 2011 …” (more)

[, 15 August]

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