COVID-19 bears down on the weight already shouldered by international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on November 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As the university campus and accommodations emptied on March 12th upon the announcement of a global pandemic and college closure, the international student population had more decisions to make than the average student – how to get home, and how to return to UCC when or if the need arose. Students from overseas make up 15.6% of the overall UCC student population …” (more)

[Maeve McTaggart, University Express, 10 November]

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Redemption?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“… Waterford is being fobbed off with Tech Uni designation, despite being the only city in the country without a university. Fine Gael has, since 2008, evaded their electoral promises and through chronic underfunding, undermined WIT at almost every turn. It is clear in the recent funding announcements that there is a huge government / political / Fine Gael / HEA effort to big up IT Carlow and suppress WIT. These funding announcements also make it very clear that the TU process will not produce a real university in our region …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 10 November]

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Students sit average two-three subjects in November Leaving Cert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on November 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students sitting the postponed Leaving Cert, starting next Monday, are doing an average of two to three subjects each. Some 2,800 of the Leaving Cert 2020 candidates will take a total of about 7,300 written papers, with Biology Higher Level the most popular subject …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 November]

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Will Higher Education Learn from the Lessons of the Pandemic?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Experience, even the worst experience, teaches us – so what are the lessons to be learned by higher education from the coronavirus? The first lesson I draw from the pandemic is the insight it has given us into the deep wells of community spirit that exists in Irish society, demonstrated through the many acts of kindness of people to neighbours, family and strangers …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 10 November]

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