Higher Education Institutions: Broadening the curriculum

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he expects NUI Maynooth and the other universities to develop over the next five years with specific reference to catering for increased demand and the broadening of the syllabus thereby enhancing their competitiveness internationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Newly branded ‘Maynooth University’ plans radical reform of curriculum

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 28th, 2014 by steve

“NUI Maynooth is planning a radical shake up of its curriculum which will see up to two-thirds of its entry courses being phased out to allow undergraduates to specialise later in their studies …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Choosing what to study

Posted in Teaching on June 16th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“… Dr Sean Barrett (of the TCD Economics Department) also argued that students should not be constrained in their choice of subject; we should, he said, ‘let people do what they actually want to study.’ So if they all end up taking programmes in the arts and humanities, and nobody does science, then that’s fine. Restricting them in their choice is the same, he suggested, as an airline telling would-be passengers that they can’t fly to London, they must fly to Leeds-Bradford instead. The latter comparison is a good one, and helps to highlight the unreal nature of Sean Barrett’s point …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 June]

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