Munster technological university would result in top honours

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Back in March 2011, the programme for government agreed between the Labour Party and Fine Gael contained a commitment to examine the idea of a technological university split across multiple campuses in the South-East region. This commitment was intended to clearly demonstrate a commitment to the South-East, but also reflected Labour’s view of how the higher education landscape could develop …” (more)

[Seán Sherlock, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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We’re Down €400m Without A University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Waterford city is missing out on an annual spend of €400 million per year, which includes €70m of direct spending, given the ongoing absence of a University headquartered here …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 20 July]

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Blow for AIT as merger requirement retained in Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On Monday, Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced amendments to the Technological Universities Bill, which do not include the possibility of an institute of technology gaining university status without merging with another educational institution. It is now intended that the revised Bill will be re-introduced at Committee stage early in the next Dáil session …” (more)

[Robert Grace, Athlone Advertiser, 20 July]

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‘Serious’ concerns over CIT and ITT merger revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Serious and widely held’ concerns about the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee were voiced by board members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as far back as 2014, newly released board minutes reveal. The proposed Munster Technogical University (MTU) is under investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Dáil spending watchdog …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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Row over status of third level facilities brewing

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education looks set to become embroiled in a political row over a Government policy that might allow a single institute of technology become a technological university. The department is determined that two or more institutes of technology (IoTs) must merge in order for technological university (TU) status, despite a stipulation in last year’s Programme for Government that an exception might be made to that requirement …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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TUI News Ballot Special

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This ballot concerns the proposed TUI, DES and THEA Agreement, May 2017, on Technological Universities. If members vote to accept the proposed agreement, the current industrial action (that is, not to cooperate with any merger activities relating to the proposed Technological Universities) will be suspended …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 30 May]

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CIT university status call

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at CIT are being disadvantaged by not having university status attached to their degrees, the outgoing President of the Institute has warned. Dr Brendan Murphy is set to retire in August after 13 years at the helm of CIT and said his graduates would continued to be disadvantaged unless a controversial merger with Tralee IT goes ahead to create a Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, Evening Echo, 1 May]

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Chair of IT Tralee says nothing to fear from merger with Cork IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new Chairman of the Institute of Technology Tralee says people shouldn’t fear its merger with Cork Institute of Technology. Lionel Alexander, who was appointed Chairman of the Governing Body of ITT last September …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 3 April]

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Third Level Institutions Mergers: Waterford IT and Carlow IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to progress in talks between Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology regarding the proposed merger of the two third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Legislative Measures – Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress on the Technological Universities Bill 2015; if he still favours the amalgamation of AIT with Dundalk; if his Department is examining alternative proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 21 February]

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New President sought for Institute of Technology, Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new President is being sought for the Institute of Technology Tralee. The position comes at a time of significant change for the college as it prepares to merge with Cork Institute of Technology to form the Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 10 February]

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CICE staff will continue industrial action against ‘loss of autonomy’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Former staff members of the Church of Ireland College of Further Education will continue their industrial action against poor treatment, loss of personal benefits, loss of autonomy and the termination of programmes following the college’s incorporation into DCU last year …” (more)

[Aaron Gallagher, The College View, 8 February]

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‘Concerns of academic staff over Institute of Technology mergers must be addressed’

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

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today warned that progress cannot be made on the development of technological universities unless the serious concerns of its members in the Institute of Technology sector are addressed. Members are meeting today in Athlone to discuss the Technological Universities Bill …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 1 February]

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Staff and students protesting at former CICE site in Rathmines

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Board of Governors of the Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) has repeatedly sought assistance from the Department of Education in attempting to resolve issues with staff there through the Workplace Relations Commission, Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has said …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Staff and students at former Church of Ireland college protest

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Staff and students at the former Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) in Dublin’s Rathmines are to stage a protest on Friday at what they claim has been a failure to resolve serious issues since the college was moved to Drumcondra last year. The protest will take place at its former Rathmines location …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Technological University for South East still part of Education Minister’s plan

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister Richard Bruton says money has been set aside in the Department of Educations budget for their ambitions to develop a Technological University for the South East. The Minister cut the ribbon on the €10m Haughton building at IT Carlow earlier …” (more)

[KCLR96FM, 20 January]

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A new Super-University for Ireland?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University rankings have become extremely influential over the last few years. This is not entirely a bad thing. The initial publication of the Shanghai rankings in 2003, for example, exposed the pretensions of many European universities revealing just how far behind they had fallen in scientific research …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 16 December]

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The Problem With Having a Single, Super University

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The idea of Ireland having a single ‘super university’ has recently gained traction as a means to arrest Irish universities’ fall in world rankings and to generate internationally renowned research. Proponents suggest that Ireland cannot afford more than one top-class university, given our small population …” (more)

[James Shaw, University Times, 14 December]

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Time for a single super-university?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Philip O’Kane proposes playing the universities ranking game by creating a ‘marginal cost’ bureaucratic superstructure, rather than investing in staff and facilities (‘Why Ireland needs to create a single super-university’, Education Opinion, November 8th) …” (more)

[Neil Dobbs, Irish Times, 9 November]

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Why Ireland needs to create a single super-university

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of Irish universities bemoan their international rankings and collectively call on the Minister for Education to increase their funding, so as to allow them to climb back up the global rankings …” (more)

[Philip O’Kane, Irish Times, 8 November]

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