Not-so-smart cuts and bureaucracy are damaging our degrees

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2013 by steve

“Academic entrepreneurs are zealously driving a value-stripping raid. I’ve seen it many times but I’m always impressed by the enthusiasm and optimism of a fresh cohort of incoming students. At the same time, I’m saddened the experience we provide may be less enriching than it should be …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 September]

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Entrepreneurship should include college graduates, Government told

Posted in Teaching on September 16th, 2013 by steve

“The Government runs the risk of investing too little too late in the entrepreneurial cycle if it doesn’t widen its own definition of entrepreneurship away from just start-up companies, and include college graduates …” (more)

[Geoff Percival, Irish Examiner, 16 September]

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Universities failing industry, business body claims

Posted in Teaching on August 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Irish universities have rejected claims by a business lobby that third-level education here was delivering graduates ill-prepared to enter business. The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) yesterday said the universities were ‘failing industry’ …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Irish university business courses ‘light years’ from global standards, says Isme chief

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“Irish business students are not being prepared adequately for life in the entrepreneurial world, with universities ‘paying lip service’ to education in the area, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association has said …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Education and entrepreneurs

Posted in Life on July 27th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – It is ironic that Ian d’Alton (July 25th) should on the one hand want students to be taught how to think, while on the other decry subjects that do precisely that …” (more)

[D Keogh, Irish Times, 27 July]

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Education and entrepreneurs

Posted in Teaching on July 25th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Mary Daly’s article (‘Entrepreneurial spirit stifled by education’, Business Analysis, July 19th) is a provocative riposte to those who see education not as a mechanical ingestion of particular skills and facts, but as intellectual training …” (more)

[Ian d’Alton, Irish Times, 25 July]


Science and languages vital education tools, says HP boss

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2013 by steve

“The education system must be reformed, with a far greater emphasis placed on science, languages and entrepreneurship, if today’s students are to be ready for the real world. That is according to the head of one of the biggest private employers in the State …” (more)

[Peter Flanagan, Independent, 20 June]

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The Pathology of Entrepreneurialism in Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2013 by steve

“Patrick McAndrew’s (@openpad) talk at #cetis13 made me reflect on the increasing drive for Universities to be more entrepreneurial and the different forms this takes …” (more)

[Mark Johnson, Improvisation Blog, 13 March]


Comments on the EC Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Last month the European Commission launched its Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan which is a blueprint for the development of an entrepreneurial culture across Europe …” (more)

[Thomas Cooney, Irish Business Blog, 18 February]

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Education must produce entrepreneurs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Private and public money is being provided at all levels of UK education, but the right questions are not being asked about return on investment …” (more)

[Len Schlesinger,, 18 February]

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Entrepreneurship research in Ireland

Posted in Research on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“So with all the government fuss about the innovation island and the innovation economy, with all the (lip service?) paid to empowering entrepreneurship and with the push to make Irish universities into powerhouses of entrepreneurial enablement, nobody seems to have looked at the question: are we doing any research in the area …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 16 February]

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CIT announces centre for entrepreneurship excellence

Posted in Teaching on January 29th, 2013 by steve

“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has announced a new centre of entrepreneurship excellence that it says will address a gap in Ireland’s ability to train and provide help to all stakeholder groups who currently support and nurture entrepreneurship …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 29 January]

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Let’s Have Entrepreneurship Education for All

Posted in Teaching on January 17th, 2013 by steve

“One of the great myths surrounding entrepreneurship is that it is concerned solely with the creation of a new business, and by extension the generation of wealth for the entrepreneur who established it …” (more)

[Thomas M Cooney, 17 January]


What can students teach us about business?

Posted in Teaching on July 26th, 2012 by steve

“When it comes to promoting entrepreneurship in Irish higher education, are we missing a host of opportunities by focusing on the wrong place? It’s the kind of question that makes you look up from your note-taking at a conference …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 26 July]


The enterprising librarian …

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2012 by steve

“I participated in an interesting event at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC a while ago. It was a symposium to consider the ‘information professional’ of 2050. Yes, that is 2050 🙂 There was a mix of people. Some in LIS education; some in libraries; and some in industry …” (more)

[Lorcan Dempsey’s Weblog, 30 June]

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Enterprise education: making academic and business skills compatible

Posted in Teaching on May 10th, 2012 by steve

“Caroline Usei at Swansea Met tells Eliza Anyangwe why entrepreneurship is less about start-ups and more about ideas – which are vital in higher education …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 10 May]


Minister launches guidelines to sustain entrepreneurship at third-level

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, launched guidelines to assist higher education institutions HEIs to sustain a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem at the HETAC/HEA conference on Leaders’ Perspectives on Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Education in Dublin Castle today …” (more)

[Bernice Barrington, Business and Leadership, 3 April]

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Third level urged to give support to business

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2011 by steve

“The third-level sector needs to do more to support entrepreneurship in Ireland, the president of Limerick Institute of Technology has said. Speaking at the fifth annual LIT Mid-West Showcase, hosted by Dell Ireland in Limerick yesterday, Dr Maria Hinfelaar said those charged with supporting the business community had to do more …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 21 October]

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‘Colleges must do more for entrepreneurship’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2011 by steve

“Third level colleges need to do more to support entrepreneurship in this country, a leading educationalist said yesterday. Dr Maria Hinfelaar, president of Limerick Institute of Technology, made her appeal at the LIT Mid-West Showcase hosted at the Limerick Dell campus …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 21 October]

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Being enterprising

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“… All of this is hugely important for Ireland as we try to find a way out of recession. What is perhaps missing, despite all the entrepreneurial activity, is a widely perceived culture of enterprise. Too often society’s role models are the professionals, or public servants, or people in safe jobs. We have not yet managed to see the enterprising risk-takers as the white knights of economic regeneration, and this is becoming increasingly important. DCU has been toying with all this for a while, partly through the development of the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 September]

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