South East Employers Back Bid for TU Status

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

Ireland“Businesses from the South East along with the Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) met with political representatives in the South East on Wednesday last to discuss progress in relation to the creation of a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) …” (more)

[Munster Express, 4 October]

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Taoiseach: University ‘will open next year’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar East recently to discuss progress hopes to see a university up and running in Waterford next year. He told guests at the Carlow Business Awards last week that it would be the country’s second technological university. ‘The new University of Technology for Dublin will be established in January next year’ …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 October]

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South East employers back bid for TU Status

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Businesses from the South East along with the Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology met with political representatives in the South East today to discuss progress in relation to the creation of a Technological University (TU) in the region. Ibec South East Regional Director John Farrell said …” (more)

[IBEC, 26 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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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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‘Rainy day’ money should be redirected into education – Ibec

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

“Ibec has criticised the Government’s plan to establish a so-called ‘rainy day fund’, suggesting the pot of money to be set aside is too small to act as a buffer against future economic shocks. In a prebudget submission, the employers’ group said the money should be used instead to address the funding crisis in higher education, which it described as one of the biggest issues facing the State …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 16 July]

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Ibec calls for boost to local firms and higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“Business and employer lobby group Ibec has issued a stark warning about Ireland’s eroding competitiveness and urged the Government to arrest the decline by providing greater support to local industries, as well as injecting €250m into higher education …” (more)

[Gretchen Friemann, Independent, 16 July]

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Ibec launches Budget 2019 submission

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today launched its full Budget 2019 submission in which it called on Government to introduce measures which promote competitiveness with a focus on support for the indigenous business sector and higher education …” (more)

[IBEC, 16 July]

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Student loans debate reignites as universities fall in rankings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 8th, 2018 by steve

“The debate on student loans reignited after startling university rankings showed Ireland can no longer claim a top 100 spot worldwide. Employers called for urgent Government action on funding for third-level education, including higher student fees linked to a loan system …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 June]

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Ibec welcomes Technological Universities (TU) Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed the enactment of the Technological Universities (TU) Bill which could create a new type of higher education institution to meet enterprise needs and drive regional development. However, it has warned that the TUs will require significant public investment if they are to reach the scale needed to attract top academic talent and compete in the challenging international research environment …” (more)

[IBEC, 21 March]

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The data vacuum at the heart of education policy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister now wants universities (including the soon-to-be technological universities) to focus on filling skills gaps in the economy. These gaps are said to be mainly in ‘STEM’. Naturally enough, IBEC is happy because they are always happy with policies that transfer the costs of industrial and business training over to the taxpayer …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 January]

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Reform of higher education funding welcome

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today broadly welcomed the significant reforms announced by Government to link higher education funding to the delivery of key national priorities. Implementation of these reforms with committed resources must be a Government priority for 2018 …” (more)

[IBEC, 15 January]

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Moves to restrict student housing must be opposed – Ibec

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today called on Government to oppose and prevent measures under consideration by Dublin City Council to restrict student accommodation. The proposal seeks to provide planning authorities with an additional basis to oppose the building of student accommodation …” (more)

[Ibec, 29 August]

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‘Ringfence corporate tax rather than hike PRSI to boost third-level funds’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Employers and unions agree that ringfencing a portion of corporate tax or business profits could be a better way to bolster higher education funding than a government proposal to increase employers’ PRSI. The increased contribution has been suggested by Education Minister Richard Bruton and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe through a proposed increase in the National Training Fund (NTF) levy …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 June]

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Funding crisis in higher education must be tackled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Thirty years after the abolition of college tuition fees, just one in seven young people in the country’s most disadvantaged areas progress to higher education. In our most affluent suburbs, almost every young person (99%) has this opportunity …” (more)

[Danny McCoy, Irish Times, 28 November]

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Action Plan for Education must be supported by adequate funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today welcomed the publication of the Government’s Action Plan for Education but warned that its objectives will not be met unless it is supported by adequate funding and a reversal of the damaging cuts which the sector has experienced in recent years …” (more)

[Ibec, 15 September]

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Ibec not opposed to levy raising extra €150m for student education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Employers’ group Ibec does not object to increasing a levy on business to train people for work once the extra €150m a year is properly spent. However, it says a student-loan scheme is the only sustainable way of bridging a higher education shortfall heading for €1bn a year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 July]

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IFUT calls on Fine Gael and Labour to address crisis in third-level funding and places

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on the Fine Gael and Labour to announce proposals to address the mounting crisis in third-level education, ahead of the announcement of this year’s general election …” (more)

[Matthew Mulligan, Trinity News, 31 January]

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Entrepreneurial education

Posted in Teaching on August 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I was not surprised to see a negative response to Ibec’s suggestion that teachers should receive entrepreneurial training. If there is one thing (and there really is only one thing) that unites the left in this country it is its persistent demonisation of entrepreneurs and businesses …” (more)

[David McGinn, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Entrepreneurial training

Posted in Teaching on August 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Ibec has called for teachers to get entrepreneurial training (‘Ibec calls on teachers to be trained in entrepreneurial thinking’, August 20th). Anyone not reading past the headline might baulk at the suggestion …” (more)

[Letters from Peter Lydon and JD Mangan, Irish Times, 25 August]

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