Almost one in three colleges ‘won’t hit performance targets’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Almost a third of higher education institutions believe they will fail to achieve performance targets upon which a portion of their funding depends, a survey shows. The Deloitte financial survey of the higher education sector identifies a ‘high sense of uncertainty’ among universities, institutes of technology and private colleges, as well as frustration with perceived Government interference with management affairs …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 April]

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UCD, China and the Confucius Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It was alarming to read in The Irish Times that UCD has undertaken to fund its new Confucius Institute to the tune of €500,000 per year for the next 10 years, and to be responsible for its running for the next 50 years …” (more)

[Anthony O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Confucius Institute to get free UCD lease arrangement

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has agreed with the Chinese government to jointly operate a controversial new Confucius Institute on the Belfield campus until at least 2066, contracts between the two parties reveal …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 April]

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UCD’s Confucius Institute to be jointly operated and funded by China

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The brochure for UCD’s planned €7.4 million Confucius Institute could not be more enthusiastic. ‘A landmark modern building’, it reads. ‘Prominent lakeside setting. At the heart of the UCD campus. Inspired by traditional Chinese architecture.’ But many academics on campus are far from enamoured at the prospect …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 April]

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Confucius Institutes: Are they free from the Chinese state?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2014 by steve

China“A large scale school and university education programme, funded by the Chinese government, has been under attack in both the USA and Canada …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 22 December]

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Go East? Chinese Universities and Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A TL:DR of Irish university internationalisation plans would be: get Chinese students, link with Chinese universities. I’m not at all sure that this makes sense, economically or otherwise …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 30 December]

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UCD unveils plan for new ‘temple style’ Chinese institute on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“UCD has filed for planning permission for a new Chinese ‘temple-style’ building on campus, which will house the Confucius Institute. The Chinese government sponsors around 450 such institutes around the world, but is the first time it has ever provided funding to help construct a building dedicated to the cultural programme …” (more)

[Luke Byrne, Independent, 4 November]

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Cog Notes: Is UCD’s Confucius Institute out of step?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Not everyone was toasting Jan O’Sullivan’s first education budget, but when she visits China this week they’ll be raising a glass to the Government for its €3 million investment in UCD’s Confucius Institute …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 October]

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UCD opens Beijing office as Irish universities seek to expand into China

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 26th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin has announced plans for recruitment and alumni offices in China, India, Malaysia and the US as it joins other Irish universities in trying to boost international student numbers …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 26 October]

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From Beijing to Belfield: The Confucius Institute and the Politicised Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Where is the line to be drawn between education and propaganda? This is not an abstract query, but an issue UCD will be asking itself soon …” (more)

[Gráinne Loughran, University Observer, 14 October]

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Chicago University Leads Fight Against Against Chinese Propaganda Agenda

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2014 by steve

“The Chinese government is not used to defeats but it was dealt a stinging one yesterday when the University of Chicago announced it will close its Confucius Institute, a controversial school for teaching Chinese culture and the Chinese language …” (more)

[Eamonn Fingleton, Forbes, 26 September]

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Accounts of Confucius Institute-ordered censorship at Chinese studies conference

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2014 by steve

China“Amid increasing concerns that Western universities may stand to compromise their academic integrity in collaborating with the Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes, the reported censorship of conference materials at the recent European Association for Chinese Studies conference in Portugal has raised alarm …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 6 August]

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US and Canadian academics demand changes to Confucius Institutes

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2014 by steve

China“University professors in the US have joined Canadian counterparts in urging universities to cut ties with Confucius Institutes unless the agreements that bring them to campus are re-worked to guarantee academic freedom …” (more)

[South China Morning Post, 25 June]

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Chinese students make up to 10% of non-EU student population at UCD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 16th, 2014 by steve

“Chinese students now comprise up to 10% of the non-EU student population at UCD, and the proportion is growing, the university revealed yesterday on the visit of one of the most senior members of China’s ruling party …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 June]

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Quinn urges students to learn Chinese

Posted in Teaching on June 16th, 2014 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has urged young people to learn Mandarin Chinese, as China is fast becoming the world’s biggest superpower …” (more)

[Alyson Henry, Independent, 16 June]

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Canadian universities vow to end ties with Confucius Institutes

Posted in Research on December 27th, 2013 by steve

Canada“The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has passed a resolution last week to end all ties with Confucius Institutes that it said were supported by the Chinese government in various universities around the world to facilitate ‘cultural exchanges’ …” (more)

[Universities News, 25 December]

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Record number of students head to Shanghai

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2013 by steve

“Irish students will attend marital arts and origami classes as part of one of the country’s largest ever student exchange trips to China. Some 90 transition-year students from 32 schools across the country will spend the next two weeks immersed in Chinese culture as part of a visit organised by University College Cork and Shanghai University …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 4 April]

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Confucius goes to college

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2012 by steve

“Ireland is home to three of the world’s 350 Confucius Institutes, whose mission is to teach the world about China. But when does education become propaganda? …” (more)

[Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 8 December]

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How Confucian theory is back in Chinese fashion

Posted in Teaching on December 8th, 2012 by steve

“Do the institutes promote propaganda or are they instilling appreciation of rich culture that was quashed? It is only natural China should turn to its wisest son, Confucius, who lived from 551 to 479 BC, to lend his weight to the country’s most ambitious efforts to spread Chinese language and culture around the world, including Ireland …” (more)

[Clifford Coonan, Irish Times, 8 December]

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Uni group ‘propaganda’ reshapes lama tale

Posted in Governance and administration on August 13th, 2012 by steve

“The Confucius Institute at Sydney University is being attacked for presenting a lecture on Tibet by a Chinese academic who is a staunch critic of the Dalai Lama. Australian supporters of the Dalai Lama and a leading international academic have joined in the attack on the lecture by Zhang Yun, scheduled for Wednesday …” (more)

[Rowan Callick, The Australian, 13 August]

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