The True Cost of College’s Commercialisation is Starting to Show

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s safe to say that Trinity’s fall in the QS World Rankings earlier this year has left the College’s reputation looking less than pristine. Disgruntled at best – and indignant at worst – figures from all aspects of campus life are looking to reverse the seemingly continuous drop, not least Provost Patrick Prendergast, whose approach to funding must now be called into question …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 21 September]

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University Global Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2018 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the decline in Irish university ratings in international rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 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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Smurfit business school’s MSc ranked seventh in world

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A global survey ranks University College Dublin (UCD) Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s MSc in international management at seventh in the world …” (more)

[Irish Times, 10 September]

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Ranking Global Rankings: Information

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2018 by steve

International“Another indicator for ranking global rankings might be the amount of information that they contain. Here are 17 global rankings in the IREG Inventory ranked according to the number of indicators or groups of indicators for which scores or ranks are given …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 10 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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Dublin ranks low on affordability but high on student diversity

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

Ireland“Dublin has fallen three places on the international QS ‘Best Student Cities Ranking’, scoring low on affordability but high on student mix, or diversity. The index ranks cities based on six categories: desirability, employer activity, affordability, student view, student mix, and university rankings …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 4 September]

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Ranking Global Rankings: Inclusion

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

International“The number of international global universities continues to grow and it is becoming harder to keep track of them. Earlier this year IREG published an inventory of international rankings that included 17 global rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 September]

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World-Class Universities: what are they, and why are they relevant?

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In this article, published in Ireland’s Yearbook of Education 2017-2018, Professor Deeks discusses the characteristics of world-class universities, how these are measured, the challenges facing universities, their core role and their contribution to the economy and society …” (more)

[Education Matters, 31 August]

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Irish universities fail to make the grade

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

Ireland“Irish third-level colleges are the beach donkeys to the thoroughbreds of the US when it comes to funding, yet they persist in playing a global ratings game they cannot win, says Kyran Fitzgerald. Soon the country’s third-level campuses will be filling up again. Freshmen students will be arriving at colleges where student-teacher ratios have risen sharply …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 27 August]

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Who Cares About University rankings?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2018 by steve

International“A paper by Ludo Waltman and Nees Jan van Eck asks what users of the Leiden Ranking are interested in. There’s some interesting stuff but for now I just want to look at where the users come from …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 18 August]

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Will THE do something about the citations indicator?

Posted in Research on August 11th, 2018 by steve

International“International university rankings can be a bit boring sometimes. It is difficult to get excited about the Shanghai rankings, especially at the upper end: Chicago down two places, Peking up one. There was a bit of excitement in 2014 when there was a switch to a new list of highly cited researchers and some universities went up and down a few places, or even a few dozen, but that seems over with now …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 11 August]

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Technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The pinnacle of ambition for certain institutes of technology is to collectively come together on a regional basis and change their names to technological universities. Our top higher education institute, Trinity College Dublin, sits at number 104, according to the QS World University Rankings for 2019, having plummeted from number 88 in 2018. UCD sits at 193 and that’s it, with no higher education institute in the top 100 …” (more)

[Kevin O’Shea, Irish Times, 6 August]

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The curious case of the higher education crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“I’m down in Cork to visit two of my Biotech students who are on their nine-month work placement in Eli Lilly. This will be my last of our so-called INTRA visits. I’ve also been to Medtronic in Galway, Abbott in Longford, Abbott in Sligo and Leo Pharma in Crumlin. So far, our students have been getting glowing reports. So when somebody, or some organisation, makes a statement to the effect that our higher education system is ‘in crisis’, I’m a bit confused …” (more)

[Greg Foley, The Optimistic Educator, 25 July]

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UCC ranked in top 50 universities for teaching and learning in Europe

Posted in Teaching on July 11th, 2018 by steve

“University College Cork (UCC) has been ranked in the top 50 universities for teaching and learning according to new rankings released today. The Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings measured student teaching, learning environments and student outcomes at 250 universities in eight European countries …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 11 July]

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Universities exploiting younger scholars

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – I note your report (News, July 6th) that the Irish Universities Association (IUA) has made a submission to the Government for an increase of €130 million in core funding and €104 million in ‘essential capital upgrades’ for 2019, and with further increases in subsequent years. The IUA also links the recent ‘fall in international standing’ of Irish universities to the paucity of state support …” (more)

[Eunan O’Halpin, Irish Times, 10 July]

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Higher education and funding research

Posted in Research on July 9th, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – Our underfunded higher education and research system is once again in the spotlight, with the publication of the QS Rankings showing most Irish universities falling in the league tables. Major criticisms still remain regarding the enforced research priorities established during austerity and a lack of funding for ‘blue-skies’ research since 2008. However, change is happening …” (more)

[Emma Teeling and 29 others, Irish Times, 9 July]

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The THE European Teaching Rankings

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

“On July 11th Times Higher Education (THE) will publish their new European university rankings. These are supposed to be about teaching and seem to give priority to students as consumers of higher education. They are similar to THE‘s Japanese and US rankings with four ‘pillars’: Engagement (five indicators derived from the European Student Survey), Resources (three indicators), Outcomes (three indicators) and Environment, which consists entirely of the gender ratio of faculty and students …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 8 July]

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University Global Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the decline in Irish universities’ ratings in international rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Trinity Business School’s MBA Programme Ranked in Global Top 50

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

The Economist has named the Trinity Business School’s Executive Master’s in Business Administration as the 44th best in the world. The postgraduate degree programme was also ranked first place in Ireland and was the only Irish course to appear in the top 50 …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 2 July]

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