We must fix university funding if we want FDI to keep rolling in

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IDA Ireland might be feeling a little bit ‘damned if they do, and damned if they don’t’ when it comes to the kinds of foreign direct investment projects the agency goes after. An agency report compiled by the OECD rightly highlighted the success of Ireland’s FDI policies and the agency most responsible for making the investments happen …” (more)

[Richard Curran, Independent, 24 January]

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Key Covid-19 Research Funding Announcement Welcomed by Universities

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association welcomes the announcement of €5 million in funding grants to key COVID-19 research and innovation projects by Minister Heather Humphreys today. 26 ground-breaking research projects have been funded today (26th April), 21 by the Health Research Board/Irish Research Council and a further 5 by the Science Foundation Ireland/Enterprise Ireland/IDA Ireland …” (more)

[IUA, 29 April]

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Taoiseach ‘Frustrated’ by Protracted Technological University Bid

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken of his frustration with the protracted progress of the Waterford IT/IT Carlow submission to create a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 12 September]

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Government investment in Research and Development amounts to over €750m in 2018 – Minister Halligan

Posted in Research on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD, has welcomed the latest figures on Government investment in research and development (R&D) published today by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, which show that over €750m is estimated to have been invested in R&D in 2018 …” (more)

[Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, 5 October]

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Absence of university ‘not affecting jobs’ in Kilkenny

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Industrial Development Agency says Kilkenny has two Institute of Technologies which is delivering a ‘flow of skills’ after a local TD expressed concern the county was disadvantaged in terms of job creation by its lack of a third level institution …” (more)

[Darren Hassett, Kilkenny People, 20 October]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on March 24th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied with the level of funding allocated to the programme for research in third level institutions on an annual basis in 2017; and the amount of funding that has been ring-fenced for research and frontier research in 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 March]

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Third-level funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Ferdinand von Prondzynski wants the Government to reintroduce fees in order to provide proper funding for third-level education; Lynn Ruane wants it to raise taxes to achieve the same goal (‘Third-level fees – the case for and against’, December 7th). Both are likely to be disappointed …” (more)

[Frank Bannister, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Student loans firm to expand to Republic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A specialist firm that currently lends to UK students plans to offer loans to students in the Republic by the end of the year. Future Finance said yesterday it plans to expand its Dublin base and recruit 50 new staff in two years as it prepares to extend its business across Europe. It is attracting grant aid from the IDA …” (more)

[Eamon Quinn, Irish Examiner, 24 September]

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With universities you get what you pay for

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over the past 7 years exchequer funding to universities and colleges of education has fallen by 28% while student numbers have increased by 18%. Our student to staff ratio of 22 to 1 is now significantly behind the OECD average of 14 to 1. I continue to be surprised that some influential individuals believe that these cuts have enabled efficiencies to be realised in the system …” (more)

[Andrew Deeks, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Ireland poised to exploit expansion in education technology

Posted in Teaching on June 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is poised to take advantage of the expected growth in the educational technology industry, with the potential to create jobs and boost the economy.That’s according to those working in the industry, which could be worth more than $250 billion (€220 billion) globally by 2017 …” (more)

[Ciara O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 June]

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Science is in crisis and scientists have lost confidence in Government policy

Posted in Research on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Government university funding has fallen dramatically and the rules by which SFI funds individual research scientists have drastically altered. Readers may have seen the letter now signed by about 1,100 Irish scientists and engineers asking the Government to restore confidence in the Irish scientific research system …” (more)

[David McConnell, Irish Times, 2 April]

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Johnson & Johnson to create 100 new IT jobs in Limerick

Posted in Research on December 1st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A division of American health care giant Johnson & Johnson is to create up to 100 new IT jobs over the next two years through the creation of a development centre at the National Technology Park in Plassey, Co Limerick …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 1 December]

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Taoiseach to launch €5m technology centre in Cork

Posted in Research on November 21st, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today launch a €5 million technology centre in Cork designed to create new business opportunities for Irish financial services and technology companies through addressing governance and compliance issues …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 21 November]

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HEA call to add 1,250 additional ICT degree places welcomed by IDA Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The call by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for proposals from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to add 1,250 additional ICT degree places has been welcomed by IDA Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 19 November]

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Research report sets out progress in turning ideas in jobs – Sherlock

Posted in Research on July 7th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, TD, has welcomed the publication of the First Progress Report on implementation of the National Research Prioritisation Exercise which is Ireland’s Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 7 July]

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Firms look abroad as graduates here lack key skills

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Highly qualified Irish graduates are failing to crack the jobs market – all because they lack specialist skills …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 22 December]

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Third level Indian students studying in Ireland to double to over 2,000 by 2014

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland is on track to more than double the number of Indian students coming to Ireland for third level education programmes to over 2,000 by the end of 2014, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton said today …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 19 November]

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Ireland’s brain drain

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2013 by steve

“We do know how many have emigrated from Ireland since 2008 – over 200,000 have left the country since the onset of recession. But we know much less about why they left …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 September]

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Dutch multinational to open research centre in Dublin

Posted in Research on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“Dutch photonics company FAZTech Research is to open a global research centre in Dublin with the potential to create 25 jobs …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 29 August]

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Innovation Talk: New revenue streams vital for higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 8th, 2013 by steve

“The HEA believes undergraduate numbers could grow by as much as 25% over the next decade if demand continues as it is, but where are these students to go? …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 8 July]

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