RCSI set to get university status 235 years after it started training surgeons

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 200 years after it started training surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is set to become a university following passage of reforming education legislation. The legislation increases the powers of the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) the agency which has responsibility for quality and qualifications in further and higher education …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 Passes both Houses of the Oireachtas

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 was today (Thursday, 11th of July) passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas and will now be presented to the President for his signature. Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: ‘I am delighted to be able to say today that the Government has put in place protections for the staff and students of English language schools, with the passing of this Bill …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 July]

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‘Irish technological universities and the binary divide: a qualitative study’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2019 by steve

IrelandAbstract: This article aims to examine and analyse the perceptions of senior policy-makers, lobby groups representatives and both higher education academics and professional managers on the establishing of technological universities in Ireland, and its implications for the fabric of the Irish higher education system, in terms of the structure of the Irish higher education system, academic drift and the diversity of Irish higher education institutions.

Ludovic Highman, Irish technological universities and the binary divide: a qualitative study. Higher Education. First Online: 4 July 2019.

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Universities and world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof William Reville notes that many institutes of technology such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology achieved top ranking in the latest QS World University Rankings …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 28 June]

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Universities and world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read the report by Carl O’Brien on the 2020 QS World University Rankings with interest. I note particularly that institutes of technology are performing very well (‘Irish universities stay outside top 100 in world rankings’, News, June 19th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 20 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 16th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill relating to Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI. It is important to note one of the contexts in which this is relevant. There are only five or six countries in the world that are English speaking and the English language education market is a significant market in that regard. With the pending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union in some shape or form, Ireland is the principal English language speaking destination and therefore English language education destination in the European Union …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 13 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Amendment Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): Níl éinne eile anseo. B’fhéidir go gcríochnóidh an díospóireacht níos luaithe ná mar a chríochnódh sé de ghnáth. Fianna Fáil is committed to maintaining and improving the highest standards in education. It is intended to increase the number of international students and the number of students entering higher education in this country is increasing all the time. It is vital, therefore, that these students are supported by a high quality education system …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 12 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I move: ‘That the Bill be now read a Second Time’. I am pleased to bring the Bill before the House. It will amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, which established Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI, the national agency with responsibility for external quality assurance and qualifications across the further and higher education sectors …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 11 June]

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TUI staff at Dundalk IT more Concerned than Ever over Institute’s Bid for Technological University status

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland say their concerns regarding Dundalk IT’s application for Technological University status have only increased since a response by the institute to their recent statement expressing concern over what they describe as management’s complacency in relation to the matter …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 7 June]

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Dundalk IT Responds to TUI Statement on Technological University Status

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology have issued a response to a statement issued by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland this week regarding the institute’s bid for technological university status. DkIT’s TUI spokesperson Kenneth Sloane claimed that the Dublin Road institute was one of only two ITs in the country yet to apply for the status …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 31 May]

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DkIT’s opportunity for University Status Slipping Away, Claims Union

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fears that Dundalk IT will miss a historic opportunity to become a Technological University grew this week as it was revealed that DkIT is now one of only two Institutes of Technology in the country yet to apply for Technological University Status …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 30 May]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mitchell O’Connor. I remind Senators that they may speak only once on Report Stage, except the proposer of an amendment, who may reply to discussion on the amendment. Each non-Government amendment must be seconded. Amendment No 1 is a Government amendment and arises out of committee proceedings. The amendment is consequential on amendment No 32. Amendments Nos 1 and 32 are related and may be discussed together by agreement. Is that agreed? Agreed …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 22 May]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 completes Report Stage in Seanad Éireann

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“RCSI recognition as a university, English Language College regulation, Learner and teacher protection amendments all welcomed by Minister. Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (22 May 2019) welcomed the completion of Report Stage of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018 in Seanad Éireann …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 May]

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University Status Applications: Athlone IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans for university status to be conferred on institutes of technology and in particular upon Athlone Institute of Technology; the timescale envisaged for such development; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 April]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to be given university status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is set to secure university status within months after the Cabinet approved a change in legislation. Legal restrictions have prevented the 235-year-old Dublin college from being granted university status even though it is ranked among the top higher-education institutions in the world …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD supports university designation for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“RCSI in line for university status. Minister Mitchell O’Connor presents legislative changes which allow for new university status. The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has today welcomed the approval by Government in seeking to advance university designation for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 March]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Committee Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I wish to address the matter of stakeholder engagement, which has been of great concern to Senators. I also want to remedy and remediate the indiscretion in that regard. I wanted to ensure that it would be procedurally possible for the Joint Committee on Education and Skills to continue with its proposed stakeholder engagement once the Bill had been introduced in this House …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 7 February]

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University status for RCSI would boost efforts to attract students and funding

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“What’s in a name? A lot, if you are a college trying to attract international students and lucrative research funding. The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland has long been a top global performer in medical education, but has felt hamstrung by the fact that it does not have university status …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland set to become State’s eighth university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) is set to become the country’s eighth university under new legislation likely to complete its passage through the Oireachtas shortly. The 235-year-old Dublin college has been lobbying the government for many years to grant it university status to help boost its chances of attracting top international researchers and students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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RCSI appeals for university status within Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have been urging members of the Oireachtas to amend legislation, allowing the institute to describe itself as a university in Ireland and overseas. Under current legislation, RCSI may describe itself as a University of Medicine and Health Sciences overseas but may not do so in Ireland …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 22 January]

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