Provost: New Government Oversight a ‘Risk’ to University Autonomy

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

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that new government legislation on higher education could jeopardise the autonomy of universities – a move he said could ‘damage’ the sector. In an interview with the Irish Times during a recent trip to Africa, Prendergast said universities highly value their independence …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 6 August]

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Department reluctant to cede power over higher education

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

Ireland“Born on the eve of 1971, myself and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Act are the same age. In the near five decades since, I have lost most of my hair, my waist has thickened, and I sometimes forget things. But I have reinvented myself many times, investing in my education and skills, moving from private to not-for-profit to public sector …” (more)

[Graham Love, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Talks for New Tech Uni Stalled

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

Ireland“It seems talks to try and resolve problems around the Technological University for the South East are on hold. At the end of June TUI members in IT Carlow voted against an agreement that had been reached at the Workplace Relations Commission. It’s expected talks will resume in September after progress came to a standstill over a month ago …” (more)

[KCLR 96FM, 5 August]

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Department ‘ignored’ advice on third-level education

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

Ireland“The Government is taking over too much control of the third-level education system and is frequently ignoring the expertise of State advisory bodies, according to the former chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Bill Corcoran, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Chinese universities need to attract more foreign students, but not by treating them differently

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 6th, 2019 by steve

“Recent events have stirred debate over the treatment of international students in China. From special ‘buddy programmes’ for visiting students to lenient treatment of misbehaviour, many decry the apparent preferential treatment given to foreigners on campus …” (more)

[Wang Huiyao, South China Morning Post, 6 August]

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Twitter Debaters: It’s Too Soon to Condemn, or Canonise, Rainbow Housing

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

Ireland“The University of Limerick found itself at the coalface of social debate this week, with its new ‘rainbow housing’ project sparking online divisions. Responses to the project – which seeks to provide a living space for members of the LGBT community and their allies – have, perhaps predictably, been mixed …” (more)

[University Times, 4 August]

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