Third Level Education – Higher Education Sector

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

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take in offering additional supports to the higher education sector, in view of the recent university rankings which saw Ireland achieve just one university in the top 200 while Scotland, with a similar population, achieved five of its colleges in the top rankings; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Underinvestment causes reputation stagnation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The latest rankings of the world’s best universities shows little progress being made in the standing of Irish institutions and only one university ranked in the top 200 (Trinity College Dublin). Trinity, was the only Irish university to show a significant increase in its ranking, moving up 14 places to number 117 from the previous year …” (more)

[eolas magazine, 1 December]

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UCD Smurfit School moves up five places in business school rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UCD Smurfit School has continued its rise up the FT’s European Business School Rankings after breaking into the top 30 colleges last year. The business school has climbed five places in the 2017 rankings to 24th, up from 29th spot in 2016, and 36th two years ago …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 4 December]

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A crisis in the third level sector?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I am always a bit wary when articles about education use the phrase ‘global marketplace’ and after reading Tom Felle’s commentary on higher education in Ireland, I can confirm that my wariness remains intact. The key theme of the article is that the quality of our higher education institutions has deteriorated and the ‘proof’ of this is that they have fallen in the global rankings …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 5 November]

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Students lose out as quality of third-level deteriorates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“By any measure the Irish third level sector is in financial crisis and students are being shortchanged. In the near-decade since the recession, Irish universities and institutes of technology have suffered significantly. No Irish university appears in the Times Higher Education top 100, published last month …” (more)

[Tom Felle, Irish Times, 3 November]

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Airport proximity ‘key factor’ for university rankings rise

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

International“Universities that are looking to improve their position in global rankings might make efforts to increase their research output or boost their student-to-staff ratio. But such institutions could be better off simply relocating close to an international airport, suggest the findings of a study …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 18 October]

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UCD Smurfit School MBA ranked 74th best in world

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD Smurfit School’s executive part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) course has risen 15 places to be ranked 74th in the world. The Financial Times top 100 global executive MBA ranking, published Monday, ranks the Smurfit school as the 35th best in Europe and makes it the only Irish institution on the list …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Six institutes of technology well placed in world ranking of colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Six institutes of technology have been well placed in a world ranking of top third-level science and technology colleges. They have been given top scores under a range of headings seeking to measure colleges under broad headings of teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer and international orientation …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 October]

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Sunday Times rankings 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRankings are compiled on the basis of Leaving Cert points, Research income, Graduate Employment, Proportion of 1sts/2.1s, Student-Staff ratio, Progression and Services spending. Brackets indicate the 2016 ranking.

  1. Trinity (1)
  2. University College Cork (2)
  3. University College Dublin (3)
  4. NUI Galway (5)
  5. Limerick (6)
  6. Dublin City University (4)
  7. Dublin IT (7)
  8. Athlone IT (10)
  9. Maynooth (8)
  10. Cork IT (9)
  11. Dundalk IT (13)
  12. Waterford IT (11)
  13. IT Tralee (14)
  14. IT Sligo (12)
  15. Galway-Mayo IT (16)
  16. Letterkenny IT (17)
  17. Limerick IT (15)
  18. IT Carlow (20)
  19. IT Tallaght (19)
  20. IADT (18)
  21. IT Blanchardstown (21)
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The Sunday Times have announced their university of the year

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has been named ‘University of the Year 2018’ in the Sunday Times University Guide.It is the third time the institution has won the accolade, having won the inaugural title in 2002 and again in 2009 …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 6 October]

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LYIT named runner up in Sunday Times Good University Guide

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Letterkenny Institute of Technology has been named as runner up in the prestigious Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year 2017. The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 has listed LYIT as runner up with Athlone Institute of Technology winner …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 6 October]

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Yet More Dumb University Rankings

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

“Not all university league tables are as sane and rational as others. Ahead of the publication of this year’s Sunday Times ranking (you can see last year’s here) and this conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the Complete University Guide, both of which are serious landmarks in the cycle of the proper business of university rankings, I thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the also rans …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 19 September]

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University rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read with great interest the views of John Kelly, professor emeritus, about the attention given to university rankings (September 7th). He is of course completely right. Many international rankings of universities focus so heavily on the institutions’ research output that they fail to capture the many other, equally important dimensions of their work …” (more)

[Gerry Kiely, Irish Times, 15 Sepember]

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Trinity in world’s top 100 universities for arts and humanities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has climbed several places in the world university rankings in arts and humanities subjects. Trinity was the only Irish university to make the top one hundred, ranked at 81, up from 88th last year. Trinity was ranked in a group of 400 institutions globally in the arts and humanities fields …” (more)

[Jennifer Duggan, Irish Times, 13 September]

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UCD is Ireland’s best university for getting a job

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

Ireland“Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) global higher education analysts and career advice specialists have announced the world’s 500 leading universities for graduate employability. The rankings indicate that University College Dublin (UCD) is the strongest provider of highly employable graduates. It ranks 75th and is followed by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) at 111-120 …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan, Trinity News, 11 September]

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University rankings highlights need for greater emphasis on research – Lawless

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Research and Development James Lawless TD says the publication of the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings highlights the need for a greater emphasis to be placed on developing Ireland’s third level research sector …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 7 September]

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Distorting effects of university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The advent over this past decade of world university rankings is the most unhelpful and damaging intrusion into the international world of higher education (‘Trinity College climbs up global university rankings’, News, September 6th). The predominant criterion of these rankings is the performance of the university in research, as measured by its research publications in international academic journals …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Trinity College climbs up global university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has climbed several places in the Times Higher Education world university rankings for 2018. Brexit means ‘great opportunities’ for Ireland’s universities, most of which have maintained their places in the rankings, but they need more funding to maintain their global standing, according to Times Higher Education (THE) rankings director Phil Baty …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Four Irish universities ranked among the top 250 in the world

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has climbed 14 places in the World University Rankings, and is now rated as 117th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list published today. It is Ireland’s only representative in the top 200, with NUI Galway, UCD and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland ranked between 201 and 250 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 September]

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Queen’s places in world’s top 250, UU in top 150 young universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2017 by steve

“The 2018 annual global ranking list of universities issued by the Times Higher Education (THE) has placed Queen’s University in the world’s top 250. The rankings are considered the authoritative breakdown of where universities place internationally …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 5 September]

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