Universities Must Master Challenge of Uncertainty to Teach Students

Posted in Teaching on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Provost, Patrick Prendergast, this week found himself paying a visit to Dominican College Sion Hill in Blackrock, where he gave an address as just one of the many parents of students at the school. In the course of his explanation of what a university education, and more specifically, a Trinity education, should comprise, Prendergast gave his own take on the ‘must-have skills for today’s graduates’ …” (more)

[University Times, 2 April]

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We should cut college fees for courses linked to skills shortages

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland can respond to the uncertainty created by the changing international economic environment by pursuing a ‘skills incentivisation strategy’ that develops school leavers into the most highly-skilled graduate workforce on the planet …” (more)

[Owen Ross, Irish Times, 28 March]


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What are the must-have skills for today’s graduates?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Whenever he asks emplyers about the must-have skills they want in today’s graduates, Dublin City University president Brian MacCraith gets much the same answer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 March]

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The skills shortage paradox

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

Ireland“This is the era of STEM. Youngsters are constantly exhorted to forge careers in STEM because, apparently, STEM is where the jobs are. This is the 21st century after all. The STEM campaign has been broadly ‘successful’ and the number of CAO first preferences for STEM subjects has risen from around 18.7% in 2008 to 23.7% …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 13 March]

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Whiskey, Google and knowledge

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘The former objectives of education, which emphasised a knowledge of facts, are no longer as valuable in a society where information is available at your fingertips.’ This was a statement made recently in a column in the Irish Times and it is pretty par for the course. Lots of people have been making this claim for quite a few years now …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 30 January]

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I’m with ASTI on the Junior Cycle

Posted in Teaching on September 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I was going to write something substantial about the new Junior Cycle but having visited juniorcycle.ie and perused the documentation, I abandoned that idea because it was all so predictable and even depressing. Education is now seen (by the majority it would appear) purely as the acquisition of skills, especially quasi-skills like problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. Knowledge seems to be a dirty word …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 5 September]

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What if there isn’t a skills deficit?

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

UK“In a classic episode of Yes Minister, the ever-cynical Sir Humphrey argues that ‘We didn’t raise the school leaving age to enable children to learn more. We raised it to keep teenagers off the job market and hold down the unemployment figures!’ The same might also be said of higher education expansion …” (more)

[David Morris, Wonkhe, 9 May]

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Technological skills shortages must be addressed

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

Ireland“As Ireland steadily rebuilds itself in a new post-recession era, recruitment is firmly back on the agenda for Irish employers. The latest edition of the Hays Salary and Recruiting Trends Guide, which surveyed over 1,300 employers and employees across Ireland, showed that 79% of organisations predict increased business activity in 2016, while 86% plan to recruit over the next year …” (more)

[Richard Eardley, Irish Examiner, 9 May]

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The role of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – When universities bow to pressure from industry to produce less learned but more skilled graduates, they do students a disservice. Degrees take at least three or four years to complete; there is sufficient time to teach skills useful to the workplace and also to expose students to ideas from other disciplines that might help them to develop insight, perspective and critical thinking …” (more)

[Colin Walsh, Irish Times, 15 April]

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Where the President got it wrong

Posted in Teaching on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In his recent speech to the EUA, President Higgins said the following: ‘The challenge we face is that we must confront an erroneous a prevalent perception that the necessary focus of higher education must be on that which is utilitarian and immediately applicable ..'” (more)

[educationandstuff, 12 April]

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Why we need more T-shaped graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The gap between the skills students learn and the skills employers need is becoming a serious issue worldwide, according to a recent World Economic Forum report. Concerns are growing that education systems are failing to equip students with the knowledge and attributes they need to flourish in the workplace …” (more)

[Brian MacCraith, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Government launches Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The new Strategy is a key pillar in the Government’s plan to keep the recovery going and build sustainable economic growth. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste today (Wednesday) launched the new National Skills Strategy 2025 – Ireland’s Future, along with Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, TD, and Minister for Skills, Research, Innovation Damien English, TD, at the Blackrock Further Education Institute, Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 January]

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Funding dilemma for next government as student loans proposed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two reports will consume a lot of the time and energies of the next coalition’s Minister for Education. One dealing with the future funding of higher education is still being finalised and may not see the light of day until after the election while the other outlining a new National Skills Strategy will be launched next Wednesday …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 25 January]

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Many students feel they are not learning job skills, survey says

Posted in Teaching on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Significant numbers of students in higher education feel they are not learning skills which will contribute to their chances of getting a job, a new national survey indicates. More than 27,000 students from 30 universities, colleges and institutes of technology responded to a Higher Education Authority-funded study this year aimed at gathering students’ experiences of college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 November]

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Use graduate earnings data to shape university teaching, says Cambridge professor

Posted in Teaching on September 30th, 2015 by steve

UK“Graduate earnings data should be used to help shape university course provision, according to a leading researcher. Anna Vignoles, professor of education at the University of Cambridge, was set to tell a conference on 30 September that salary data could be used to identify skills which employers are being forced to pay a premium for, and are therefore in short supply …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 30 September]

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Northern Ireland graduates don’t have required business skills, survey

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2015 by steve

UK“Northern Ireland graduates are not coming up to scratch in the workplace, with many lacking business acumen and communication skills, a survey has claimed. The CBI/Pearson education and skills survey questioned around 60 businesses in the province …” (more)

[Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, 13 August]

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Leaving Cert: Increase in uptake of science, technology subjects welcomed

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The increased uptake in students taking higher level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects has been welcomed by educationalists and industry bodies …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 August]

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Encouraging Leaving Cert trends, but skills gaps emerging

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today (Wednesday 12 August) broadly welcomed the trends emerging in this year’s Leaving Certificate results, but warned that as the recovery takes hold, the economy could face skills gaps in key sectors that drive growth …” (more)

[Ibec, 12 August]

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Ireland has some of the most educated people in Europe

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

Ireland“A group that advises the government on education policy has published a report outlining how educated Irish people are. In total it was found that there are over one million third level qualification holders in Ireland …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 July]

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In Defense of Liberal Arts AND Employability

Posted in Life, Teaching on April 4th, 2015 by steve

USA“My dad told me to get a liberal arts degree. Instead, I suffered through a rigorous training in engineering and finance. I learned thermodynamics and financial mechanics but did little reading, no writing, and no contemplation of the past, the future, or the well being of my fellow man …” (more)

[Tom Vander Ark, Huffington Post, 4 April]

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