The value of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The director of the Irish Universities Association’s letter on the value of higher education deserves some comment (September 17th). It is true to say that Ireland’s spend on higher education is the second lowest in the EU but only if that spend is expressed as a percentage of GDP …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Rising numbers and cuts to funding push universities into ‘danger zone’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The twin pressures of funding cuts and growing student numbers sees Ireland’s university system classed as being in the ‘danger’ zone, according to an analysis by the European Universities Association (EUA). Ireland is rated with Iceland and Croatia as in the most perilous position in terms of public funding, in a review of 34 European countries and regions in the EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017 report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 September]

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Spending on education has not kept up with rising number of students – OECD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Spending on education in Ireland has not kept up with the rising number of students, according to the international think-tank, the OECD. Most countries in the developed world are spending more per student than at the start of the financial crisis, but Ireland is one of the small number that is not …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 September]

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Young People Need Options Other Than Traditional Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s that time of the year again. The summer is over, and more than 200,000 third-level students here are preparing to start another academic year. Some have recently expressed surprised at the slight decrease in the number of applicants who have accepted college places this year compared to last year …” (more)

[James Bradshaw, Burkean Journal, 6 September]

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Quality of third-level courses ‘at risk’ due to funding shortages

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has warned that the quality of third-level courses is at risk due to a deterioration in staff-student ratios in colleges. Its comments come in the same week it emerged that dozens of third-level students at NUI Galway were refunded fees for a course on foot of quality concerns …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 August]

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New Third Level Institutions

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

Thomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a new third level institution will be established during the lifetime of the National Development Plan 2018-2027 to cater to demographics …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 May]

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Are we sending too many young people to third level?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2018 by steve

“The fact that we send more students to third level than any other country in the EU is often seen as a badge of honour. The proportion of school-leavers going on to higher education ballooned from about 10% in the 1960s to well over 60% nowadays. Ireland now has the highest proportion of young people with third-level qualifications across the EU …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Education: Expansion of third-level colleges forms key part of NDP

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Plans to expand universities and institutes of technology to meet growing student numbers forms a key part of the Government’s 10 year National Development Plan for the education sector. A major €8 billion school building programme at primary and second level will also lead to an average of 20,000 additional school places each year, along with upgraded PE halls, science laboratories and use of digital technology in teaching, learning and assessment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 February]

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Are the Irish over-qualified?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Sunday Times report over the weekend put Ireland at the top of the league in terms of overeducation in Europe. Cormac Lucey’s analysis suggests that some students who may not be cut out for specific levels of academic study are being pushed into third level education at the expense of vocational education. Do we need more plumbers and electricians and less white collar graduates, a question we have posed in this leader previously …” (more)

[Kieran Walsh, Munster Express, 2 February]

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Drop in number of CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of applicants who have applied for college courses has dropped to the lowest level in at least five years. A total of 72,751 applicants applied ahead of the CAO’s normal application deadline at 5.15pm on Thursday, down almost 5% on the same period last year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Time to end the academic arms race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2018 by steve

International“There are plenty of good reasons for a young person to choose to go to university: intellectual growth, career opportunities, having fun. Around half of school-leavers in the rich world now do so, and the share is rising in poorer countries, too …” (more)

[Economist, 1 February]

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Student Numbers in Ireland Top 225,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The latest publication of Key Facts and Figures shows that student numbers at publicly funded universities, institutes and colleges in Ireland totalled 225,628 in 2016/17. With the number of full time undergraduate students having increased by 10% over the last five years, over 6% of the country’s adult population is now enrolled in a higher education programme …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 31 January]

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Germany fears university growth threatens apprentice tradition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2018 by steve

“The worry that too many young people go to university – and that they would be better off learning a trade instead – is a complaint heard the world over. But nowhere does it strike as hard at the national self-image as in Germany, admired globally for an apprenticeship system credited with keeping the rate of young unemployment extraordinarily low …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 17 January]

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Number of international students here growing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of international students in third-level colleges in Ireland is growing. The figure is expected to rise even more rapidly post-Brexit, when, apart from Malta, Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU. There were 23,127 foreign students in publicly-funded colleges in the last academic year, up from 19,679 two years earlier, according to data from the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 December]

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Irish students have less contact with lecturers than other countries

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish third-level students have less contact with their lecturers than in other countries, a new survey indicates. The poll of more than 35,000 students in Irish third-level institutions comes against a backdrop of concern over the impact of large class sizes on the quality of education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Europeans want more vocational (not higher) education …

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

“Defying received wisdom, most Europeans would prefer an expansion of technical and vocational education and training (TVET, VET or just vocational), rather than further expansion of higher education …” (more)

[Julian Garritzmann, Wonkhe, 28 November]

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Third Level Data: County Wexford

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

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of full-time and part-time students from County Wexford that attend third level education; the number of full-time and part-time County Wexford undergraduate and postgraduate students at each university or institute of technology; the number of full-time and part-time County Wexford students studying for a postgraduate qualification, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 October]

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Higher education: time to invest to match our ambition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s higher education system has a critical role to play in creating jobs, raising living standards and supporting an open and tolerant society. In turbulent times,the quality of our third-level sector is even more important in supporting economic growth and fulfilling the potential of our students …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 October]

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UCC plans €350m investment to increase campus space by 20%

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) hopes to expand its campus space by 20 per cent in the next five years as part of a €350 million investment programme. The plan will create 500 new construction jobs, and is part of a wider strategy by the college to grow student numbers to 23,000 by 2022 …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Irish workers are most ‘overqualified’ in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish workers are the most overqualified in the European Union for the jobs they are working, according to latest research. About one in three workers are at least one educational level above the international norm for the jobs they are in …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 September]

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