The curious case of the higher education crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2018 by steve

“I’m down in Cork to visit two of my Biotech students who are on their nine-month work placement in Eli Lilly. This will be my last of our so-called INTRA visits. I’ve also been to Medtronic in Galway, Abbott in Longford, Abbott in Sligo and Leo Pharma in Crumlin. So far, our students have been getting glowing reports. So when somebody, or some organisation, makes a statement to the effect that our higher education system is ‘in crisis’, I’m a bit confused …” (more)

[Greg Foley, The Optimistic Educator, 25 July]

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In a time of crisis, why are academics so quiet?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2013 by steve

International“Let’s refer to the definition that Ignacio Ramonet provided in 2006 of what it is to be an intellectual, so that we can understand better why it is so difficult to find one in the Malian academic environment …” (more)

[Isaie Dougnon, University World News, 9 March]


What’s the point of universities?

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on March 28th, 2011 by steve

“… However, the Little Review is back now and over the next few weeks in particular, the blog is going to address the ongoing crisis within Irish academia through a series of articles. What are universities for; what is it that researchers and academics do and why doesn’t the wider public seem to understand or appreciate it? …” (more)

[The Little Review, 27 March]

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Learning from the global phenomenon of ‘universities in crises’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2011 by steve

“As an infrequent visitor to Ireland I have always been impressed by the vitality and strength of Irish higher education. It has achieved much in the last 50 years, bringing State-funded higher education to some 65% of school leavers, up from 5% in 1960 …” (more)

[Michael Burawoy, Irish Times, 1 February]


Science’s dark period

Posted in Research on October 20th, 2010 by steve

“We have reached a Kuhnian ‘crisis’ in several disciplines, if current discourse is anything to go by. The visible universe is now said to contain only 5% of the total mass/energy; the rest is ‘dark’, of a type we do not know. Quantum Mechanics (QM) remains as incomprehensible as ever, and the ether is making a sneaky comeback …” (more)

[University Blog on Academic Tenure, 19 October]