The Black Spot

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… Why is everything around TUSE so opaque? Can government ever just make a direct announcement in favour of Waterford city? Not while politicians from Wexford or Kilkenny are in power? We have been burned often enough to be wary lest the site becomes the grave of Waterford’s final separation from the other cities of Ireland. ‘Announcements’ about its purchase for WIT were recently imminent, but vanished like the snow of a few weeks ago, without trace. Why is everything around TUSE so opaque? …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 16 March]

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Sufficiently Funded University Is A Must For The Region, Says IBEC

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A sufficiently funded and internationally recognised University is a must for the South East if Waterford City and its environs is to thrive as envisaged in the National Development Plan according to the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec). In its submission to the NDP’s mid-term review, Ibec references the city’s (minimum) projected 50 per cent population growth between now and 2040 …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 11 March]

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‘Reform Leaving Cert to bring it into 21st century’ – Ibec says radical overhaul of senior cycle needed to prepare students better for future world of work

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Cert must be made more relevant for the 21st century, according to employers. As up to 59,000 students from the class of 2019 received their results, the employers’ group Ibec said reform of senior cycle and careers guidance was necessary to better prepare students for the future world of work …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Evie Kearney, Independent, 14 August]

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Employers and union bosses join students and industry leaders in calls for university and third level funding crisis to be tackled

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, ICTU, USI, American Ireland and British Irish Chamber of Commerce support Irish Universities Association calls for action on funding. The top leadership of the employers union, trades unions, student unions and industry representative bodies have today called for government action on the long-awaited reform of the funding of Irish university and higher education …” (more)

[IUA, 27 April]

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Unions concerned by plan to give business bigger say in university funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trade unions are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Education to raise ‘grave concerns’ over plans to give big business a greater say in where hundreds of millions of euro in university investment will be spent. It follows an Irish Times report which said a new ‘oversight arrangement’ is to be established which will facilitate employers having a greater say in the strategic direction of €300 million in education spending …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Status of apprenticeships suffering from ‘overwhelming’ focus on college places

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The prestige of apprenticeships has declined due to an ‘overwhelming’ focus on college places and CAO points, an Oireachtas education committee has heard. Dr Philip Smyth of the Shannon College of Hotel Management said admissions to hospitality programmes was declining despite forecasts of 60,000- 80,0000 job vacancies in the next ten years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Cost is a major obstacle to creation of new apprenticeship positions, Ibec says

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Cost of is a major obstacle to the creation of new apprenticeship positions, according to the employers’ organisation, Ibec. As many as 17 new types of apprenticeships have been created in non-traditional areas such as financial services, hospitality and insurance …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 November]

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South East Employers Back Bid for TU Status

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Businesses from the South East along with the Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) met with political representatives in the South East on Wednesday last to discuss progress in relation to the creation of a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) …” (more)

[Munster Express, 4 October]

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Taoiseach: University ‘will open next year’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar East recently to discuss progress hopes to see a university up and running in Waterford next year. He told guests at the Carlow Business Awards last week that it would be the country’s second technological university. ‘The new University of Technology for Dublin will be established in January next year’ …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 October]

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South East employers back bid for TU Status

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Businesses from the South East along with the Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology met with political representatives in the South East today to discuss progress in relation to the creation of a Technological University (TU) in the region. Ibec South East Regional Director John Farrell said …” (more)

[IBEC, 26 September]

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Career guidance in schools is not fit for purpose – Ibec

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s secondary schools lack the resources to deliver proper career guidance to students, according to employers’ group Ibec. Its review of the sector finds career guidance services overall are failing to meet the needs of people faced with a changing world of work …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Decline in students choosing ICT courses cause for concern

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Technology Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, says it is concerned at the 11% decline at level 8 and level 6/7 for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) courses as first preferences at a time when total CAO applications fell by 4.2%. Responding to the CAO application data, Una Fitzpatrick, Director of Technology Ireland said …” (more)

[IBEC, 20 August]

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‘Rainy day’ money should be redirected into education – Ibec

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“Ibec has criticised the Government’s plan to establish a so-called ‘rainy day fund’, suggesting the pot of money to be set aside is too small to act as a buffer against future economic shocks. In a prebudget submission, the employers’ group said the money should be used instead to address the funding crisis in higher education, which it described as one of the biggest issues facing the State …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 16 July]

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Ibec calls for boost to local firms and higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“Business and employer lobby group Ibec has issued a stark warning about Ireland’s eroding competitiveness and urged the Government to arrest the decline by providing greater support to local industries, as well as injecting €250m into higher education …” (more)

[Gretchen Friemann, Independent, 16 July]

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Ibec launches Budget 2019 submission

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today launched its full Budget 2019 submission in which it called on Government to introduce measures which promote competitiveness with a focus on support for the indigenous business sector and higher education …” (more)

[IBEC, 16 July]

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Student loans debate reignites as universities fall in rankings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 8th, 2018 by steve

“The debate on student loans reignited after startling university rankings showed Ireland can no longer claim a top 100 spot worldwide. Employers called for urgent Government action on funding for third-level education, including higher student fees linked to a loan system …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 June]

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Ibec welcomes Technological Universities (TU) Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed the enactment of the Technological Universities (TU) Bill which could create a new type of higher education institution to meet enterprise needs and drive regional development. However, it has warned that the TUs will require significant public investment if they are to reach the scale needed to attract top academic talent and compete in the challenging international research environment …” (more)

[IBEC, 21 March]

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The data vacuum at the heart of education policy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister now wants universities (including the soon-to-be technological universities) to focus on filling skills gaps in the economy. These gaps are said to be mainly in ‘STEM’. Naturally enough, IBEC is happy because they are always happy with policies that transfer the costs of industrial and business training over to the taxpayer …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 16 January]

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Reform of higher education funding welcome

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today broadly welcomed the significant reforms announced by Government to link higher education funding to the delivery of key national priorities. Implementation of these reforms with committed resources must be a Government priority for 2018 …” (more)

[IBEC, 15 January]

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Moves to restrict student housing must be opposed – Ibec

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today called on Government to oppose and prevent measures under consideration by Dublin City Council to restrict student accommodation. The proposal seeks to provide planning authorities with an additional basis to oppose the building of student accommodation …” (more)

[Ibec, 29 August]

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