The Irish role in establishing the Erasmus programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The European Union’s Erasmus+ programme has been in the headlines a lot of late. One of the main reasons was the significant milestone of a 30th birthday celebration …” (more)

[Cathal de Paor, RTÉ, 8 January]

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Topping out ceremony for Sutherland Law building takes place

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“The topping out ceremony of the UCD Sutherland School of Law took place earlier this month. The ceremony saw UCD President Dr Hugh Brady and Peter Sutherland SC, as well as various donors to the building, receive a tour of the site …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, University Observer, 20 February]

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Ireland needs an undeniably world-class university

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2012 by steve

“Not a single Irish university made it into the top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings this year, but reviving an old proposal might give Ireland more global clout in the academic sphere …” (more)

[andrewcusack.com, 1 August]

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Networking by universities will lead to expertise

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2011 by steve

“At the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin last weekend, Peter Sutherland, chairman of Goldman Sachs, advocated more investment in universities, specifically in ‘a single institution which would be able to compete with some of the best in the world’ …” (more)

[Jim Browne, Irish Times, 14 October]

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Standing of universities ‘under threat’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2010 by steve

“The international standing of Irish universities will suffer a ‘serious decline’ if the issue of student fees is not tackled immediately, former Irish EU commissioner Peter Sutherland has warned …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 23 July]

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Undergraduate Awards, 2010

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2010 by steve

“Last week, Peter Sutherland gave a speech about the Irish university sector. It generated quite a lot of controversy at the time, and an edited version appears in yesterday’s Sunday Times. Unfortunately, the speech has rather overshadowed the occasion; this is a pity, since it was the launch of the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland 2010. This is the second year of the initiative …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 1 February]

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Think tank: university challenges for Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2010 by steve

“How many world-class universities can Ireland afford? Seven is too many if we’re talking about comprehensive world-class research institutions with undergraduate education, postgraduate training and research. As chairman of the London School of Economics, I have some insight into the cost of running such entities and the ferocity of the competition, and I can’t see how Ireland can afford this …” (more)

[Peter Sutherland, Sunday Times, 31 January]

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‘Top-10 uni’ is out of our reach

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2010 by steve

“Sir – Peter Sutherland is certainly ambitious for his Alma Mater and would like to see UCD and Trinity merge ‘to create a top-10 uni’ (Sunday Independent, January 24, 2010). But at whose expense? Obviously at the expense of the other five regional universities …” (more)

[Bernard O’Grady, Independent, 31 January]

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Lack of rigour among our academics is astounding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2010 by steve

“A measure of the utterly unprincipled submission of academic life to its primary ambition to be left alone was universities’ failure to explore Ireland’s role in the Great War. As the unicorn that is the National University of Ireland finally bites the dust, Peter Sutherland questions the existence of seven separate Irish universities, purporting to offer a full range of academic options. His scepticism about our third-level colleges is justified, though on grounds he has not cited …” (more)

[Kevin Myers, Independent, 30 January]

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Stop stereotyping tech colleges, Mr Sutherland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2010 by steve

“Peter Sutherland’s extraordinary sideswipe at Institutes of Technology (IoTs) reveals an understanding of this sector of Irish higher education that is woefully ill-informed. Speaking at the launch of the Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Mr Sutherland said he was opposed to the even distribution of resources between top universities and a ‘Ballygobackwards RTC …” (more)

[Independent, 27 January]

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Peter Sutherland and the Irish universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2010 by steve

“Following recent reports on his comments about the Irish university system, Peter Sutherland has now written a letter to the Editor of the Irish Times correcting these reports, or at any rate some interpretations of his comments. In his letter he denies suggesting that Ireland needed fewer universities, but rather says that we ‘cannot have seven world class comprehensive universities’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 27 January]

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Too many universities – or too few?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2010 by steve

“Madam, – Contrary to Donncha Kavanagh’s assertion (Letters, January 26th, referring to ‘Sutherland says number of universities must be cut’, Home News, January 23rd), I am not of the opinion that Ireland has too many universities. My contention is that we cannot have seven world-class comprehensive universities with the full range of educational and research programmes …” (more)

[Peter Sutherland, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Too many universities, or too few?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2010 by steve

“Madam, – Contrary to Peter Sutherland’s opinion (Home News, January 23rd), there is little to suggest that Ireland has too many universities. We have seven universities for our population of 4.5 million, while Finland has 10 universities, six institutes with university status, and 28 polytechnics for its population of 5.3 million …” (more)

[Donncha Kavanagh, Irish Times, 26 January]

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How many universities should we have?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2010 by steve

“I see that Peter Sutherland has entered the debate, such as it is, on how many universities would be just right for Ireland. According to a report in Saturday’s Irish Times, he told a meeting of the Royal Irish Academy that ‘Ireland cannot afford to keep seven universities at world-class research, education and training levels.’ He thus joins the chorus of voices who have made similar claims, including the government in the ‘Smart Economy’ paper issued in December 2008 …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 24 January]

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Academic talent

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2010 by steve

“… But presumably the academics here can all agree that in the entire history of higher education, there has never been a recorded case of a talented student saying ‘I must get my PhD at Harvard, they have a really exciting President’, or ‘Oxford is the place for me, their Head of Human Resources rocks’, or ‘what about that VP for Research at Stanford, there’s no other option as far as I’m concerned’ …” (more)

[Kevin O’Rourke, The Irish Economy. 23 January]

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Sutherland says number of universities must be cut

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2010 by steve

“Former EU commissioner Peter Sutherland has said the number of universities in the State must be reduced to boost standards. Ireland cannot afford to keep seven universities at world-class research, education and training levels, he said in an address at the Royal Irish Academy yesterday …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Sutherland urges universities to sack incompetent academics

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2010 by steve

“Universities should have the power to sack incompetent professors and lecturers, former EU Commissioner Peter Sutherland said yesterday. Ireland had been out of line with most developed countries on this issue for years, claimed Mr Sutherland …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 23 January]

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Call for fewer universities (in Ireland)

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2010 by steve

“… Having two world-class universities (i.e. in the THES 100 best in the world) is a remarkable achievement for a small country (even if, as has been argued here, that it is not clear what such rankings actually measure). It is notable that Germany has only one – surely a consequence of the decision to separate and devolve much of the traditional research functions of universities to a variety of MPIs and the like …” (more)

[Shane O’Mara, Irishscience, 22 January]

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Call for fewer universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2010 by steve

“Former European commissioner Peter Sutherland has called for the number of universities in the State to be reduced in a bid to ensure educational standards. Mr Sutherland said it was not feasible to have seven universities at world-class research, education and training levels here and added that human resource policies for third level staff needed to be reformed to retain talented, but highly mobile staff …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 January]

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Call for universities to amalgamate

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2010 by steve

“Trinity College and University College Dublin should be amalgamated to create one of the world’s top 10 institutions, it is claimed. Former European Commissioner and Attorney General Peter Sutherland said the universities should join forces in order to compete internationally …” (more)

[Independent, 22 January]

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