Industry must ramp up role in ‘funding’ of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Employers need to share the cost of running the higher education system in return from the benefits they get from Irish graduates, the chairman of Institutes of Technology Ireland has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 September]

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‘Government cares more about seagulls than students’ – IT Head paints bleak picture of third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A higher education boss today launched a scathing attack on the Government over third-level funding as he claimed politicians were more concerned about ‘savage seagulls’ than 215,000 college students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 September]

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Institutes of technology warn against ‘three-tier’ system

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The umbrella group for institutes of technology (ITs) is urging the Government to guard against the emergence of a ‘three-tier’ system of higher education through the creation of Technological Universities. Institutes of Technology Ireland has also criticised the lack of additional funding from Government to support the merger of ITs that are seeking Technological University (TU) designation …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Getting the measure of scientific achievement

Posted in Research on July 7th, 2014 by steve

“No one is talking about how these institutions are actually in the business of education and not the business of business. A lot of science comes down to measuring things. How strong was that earthquake? How far to the most distant galaxy? How old are those Neanderthal bones? …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Colleges’ umbrella body hopes to double start-ups

Posted in Research on July 3rd, 2014 by steve

“The umbrella body for the country’s technology colleges hopes to double the number of start-up companies emerging from them and the level of funding going into them before 2020. Speaking after yesterday’s launch of a joint R&D and innovation strategy document between Ibec and Institutes of Technology Ireland …” (more)

[Geoff Percival, Irish Examiner, 3 July]

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Industry and IoT collaboration will have economic dividend

Posted in Research on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI), in partnership with Ibec, today launched a new R&D and innovation strategy and set out 33 examples of how their work with industry and other external partners is generating growth and jobs, and making a major contribution to economic recovery …” (more)

[IBEC, 2 July]

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Universities criticise cut in fees for emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“The representative body for the seven Irish universities has said moves to reduce fees for the children of Irish emigrants living outside the European Union could have a significant financial impact on third-level institutions …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Remembering Seán Flynn

Posted in Life on February 1st, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – On behalf of the members of Institutes of Technology Ireland I wish to express our deep sadness at the death of Seán Flynn …” (more)

[Gerry Murray, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Technological University ‘Discussion’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2014 by steve

“In the week when Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn brought the Technological Universities Bill to cabinet, there was more than some disquiet from the commenterati that make up the usual pathetic discussion on higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 24 January]

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New chair of Institutes of Technology Ireland appointed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2014 by steve

“President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology Paul Hannigan is the new chairperson of Institutes of Technology Ireland for 2014 …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 8 January]

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College asks its ex-president to repay expenses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 24th, 2013 by steve

“Waterford Institute of Technology has asked its former president Kieran Byrne to repay some expenses incurred during his time in office that it claims were of personal benefit to him …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 24 July]

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Reforms to support students’ transition from post-primary to higher education addressed at major conference

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 24th, 2013 by steve

“Research on how to tackle the points system and address predictability in exams presented to Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 23 June]

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Institutes of technology are still victims of academic elitism

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2013 by steve

“The origins of the Institute of Technology (IoT) sector can be traced back to the visionary Mulcahy report of 1967. At the time, the participation in higher education was less than 20 per cent of school leavers and it really was the domain of the elite …” (more)

[Denis Cummins, Irish Times, 9 April]

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Key parts of education system face overhaul as Ruairí Quinn announces review

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2013 by steve

“A significant reduction in degree programmes and an end to ‘problematic predictability’ in the Leaving Certificate have been announced as part of a major overhaul of the final State exam at second level and the third-level admissions system …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Reforming the college-entry system is going to be very tricky

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2013 by steve

“Many said it could never be done, and it certainly wasn’t going to be easy task for the brave, or foolish, souls who might attempt it …” (more)

[Independent, 28 March]

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CAO shake-up to take heat out of points race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 12th, 2013 by steve

“University presidents are preparing to introduce major changes to the CAO college-entry process from 2015 …” (more)

[Independent, 12 March]

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Student grant system ‘may not be able to cope’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2013 by steve

“The central grants system may not be able to cope when it is extended to cover all students in the coming years, claims the head of the institute of technology sector …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 January]

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SUSI ‘untenable’ says Dundalk IT President

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2013 by steve

“Denis Cummins, President of Dundalk IT and the new Chair of Institutes of Technology, criticises the SUSI grant application system …” (audio)

[RTÉ Merning Ireland, 8 January]

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Institutes chief hits out at grants system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2013 by steve

“The head of the country’s Institutes of Technology has criticised the new centralised student grant system and has questioned the ability of the system to cope …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 January]

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DkIT president new chair of Institutes of Technology Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“President of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) Denis Cummins is the new chairperson of Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) for 2013 …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 7 January]

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