Reviewing Internationalisation in Irish HE

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hardly a day passes in these times of Plague without the publication of news or views on the internationalisation of Irish Higher Education. In Ireland – as elsewhere – the main issues bringing the question of student mobility into the headlines are the huge costs charged to incoming students and the huge associated revenue for their hosts …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 29 July]

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How to strengthen internationalisation post-COVID-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on June 7th, 2020 by steve

International“Numerous commentators writing over the last several months generally conclude that COVID-19’s impacts on higher education finances, practices, and internationalisation will be strong and enduring. Early budget data and opinion from governments and universities is similarly pessimistic, as I have pointed out in the past …” (more)

[John Hudzik, University World News, 6 June]


New role of alumni in recruiting international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2020 by steve

International“Anyone working in higher education today does not need a weatherman to know that international recruiting and admissions has changed since COVID-19, and in all likelihood will be changed forever. This year almost all international conferences have been cancelled and, depending on the higher education institution, between 85% to 90% of all international travel has also been cancelled …” (more)

[Gretchen Dobson and Marguerite Dennis, University World News, 16 May]

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Relationships vital in post-COVID internationalisation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2020 by steve

International“With international mobility restricted and professional relationships across distances seeming fragile, we need personal contacts more than ever. Among the proliferating internationalisation strategies and formal partnership agreements of international higher education, there is something which universities often overlook – the power of interpersonal relationships …” (more)

[Catherine Montgomery, University World News, 16 May]


Time to strengthen multilateralism in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

International“Recent decades have witnessed increasing interconnectedness across borders. Countries or issues which were previously unfamiliar or distant have become immediate in ways we were previously able to ignore. This includes health issues such as Ebola or Zika, migration (for example, crossing the Mediterranean or from Central America to the United States), politico-religious movements including jihadi extremism and financial crisis …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, University World News, 27 April]


Is the pandemic a watershed for internationalisation?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

International“There is no shortage of commentary on the ramifications of COVID-19 for the higher education sector generally and the internationalisation agenda in particular. The opinions expressed are sharply divided: while some appeal for calm, arguing that the impact will only be temporary, others argue that the COVID-19 crisis will change higher education forever …” (more)

[Betty Leask and Wendy Green, University World News, 2 May]


We Can’t Take Academic Freedom for Granted. Troubling Developments in UCD Prove It

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2020 by steve

“Last week’s news that University College Dublin (UCD) has abandoned plans to amend its policy on academic freedom came at a timely moment. While the world’s eyes are largely fixed on one point right now, many experts are urging caution about some of the potentially life-changing measures being hurried in to fight the coronavirus pandemic …” (more)

[University News, 13 April]

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Internationalising higher education for a better world

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2020 by steve

International“Internationalisation of higher education (IHE) consists mostly of helping students to study abroad. Only 5% are taking advantage of such mobility, which helps them towards a better professional career. Hence, IHE follows a tendency toward a rather elitist model of excellence …” (more)

[Bernard Hugonnier, University World News, 11 April]


Concern over proposed changes to UCD’s academic freedom

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 10th, 2020 by steve

“University College Dublin (UCD) has dropped proposed changes to its academic freedom policy to allow for ‘different interpretations’ of the concept due to the university’s expanding links to China and other countries, following a significant backlash from academics. The draft policy, seen by The Irish Times, states UCD must consider ‘the risk of tension’ between its obligations to uphold academic freedom and ‘the strategic imperative to internationalise higher education’ …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 9 April]

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UCD Abandons Restrictive Academic Freedom Policy Following Staff Backlash

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Following vocal criticism from academic staff, UCD have abandoned a proposed addendum to the university’s Statement on Academic Freedom. Academics have expressed ‘shock’ at the addendum, calling the proposed changes ‘a source of embarrassment to our University’, and something that would ‘compromise’ the existing policy. UCD revised its position following the success of an online petition which garnered almost 500 signatures …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 2 April]

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It’s academic …

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“A week passed, so activists had time to galvanize colleagues via an online petition. Hundreds immediately protested against the proposed dilution of the principle of Academic Freedom. And now, the Chair of UCD’s committee on Academic Freedom has issued a statement. The statement asserts UCD’s devotion to the principle of undiluted Academic Freedom. So far, so academic …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 1 April]

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An opportunity to change international higher education?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 25th, 2020 by steve

International“The COVID-19 epidemic has struck a blow to physical mobility worldwide. Notices about institutional closures, social distancing and self-quarantining have compelled us all to part ways with our established routines, in one way or another. This could, however, be an opportunity to re-examine higher education internationalisation, including its objectives, scope, strategies and intended impact …” (more)

[Kalyani Unkule, World University News, 21 March]

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Clamping Down

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“So there I was, feeling heartless. Why couldn’t I feel more genuine pity for the Captains of Enterprise who had steered their Starship Universities onto the global barrier reefs? The panic was, after all, palpable in the ‘engine-room directive’ to keep the orders coming for next year’s foreign trade …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 23 March]

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COVID-19: The internationalisation revolution that isn’t

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 16th, 2020 by steve

International“The coronavirus crisis is upending higher education – as well as economies and the lives of millions of individuals around the world. Universities have been closed, with teaching cancelled or put online. Conferences have been called off. Of direct relevance to international higher education, prospective students have been unable to take examinations, and international students have been unable to travel to their campuses or to return home …” (more)

[Philip G Altbach and Hans de Wit, University World News, 14 March]

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Higher Education Institutions – China

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied that the continued activities of institutes (details supplied) do not negatively impact on the activities of universities here; the actions he has taken to ensure same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 November]

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110% Increase in Non-EU Students Attending Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After major internationalisation efforts in College, the number of non-EU students studying in Trinity more than doubled between 2011/12 and 2017/18, The University Times has learned. A memorandum circulated to Finance Committee by Trinity’s Vice-President for Global Relations, Juliet Hussey, showed that College had achieved 98.5% of its target …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 30 October]

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Bruton Launches New International Fund for Irish Universities

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government will give Irish universities €500,000 to promote collaboration with universities from around the world. A new fund, set to be managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), will make the funding available to colleges across the country …” (more)

[University Times, 2 October]

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Global higher education a ‘massive business’ serving ‘the 1%’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 20th, 2017 by steve

International“The notion that universities operate as a public good is ‘unrealistic’ and dishonest, according to a higher education consultant who claimed that the sector should not be so arrogant to ‘bestow’ its vision on the world. Daniel Guhr, managing director of US-based Illuminate Consulting Group, said that higher education exists ‘in a world of the 1%’, in terms of the proportion of people across the world who study at universities …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 15 September]


Ireland’s Universities Could Reap Brexit’s Benefits, if they Seize its Opportunities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Negotiations on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU started nearly a month ago. Forecasts of the potential impact of Brexit on the Irish economy, the border and the peace process in Northern Ireland send chills down many people’s spines. However, despite its potentially disastrous consequences …” (more)

[Neale Richmond, University Times, 15 July]

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Some gains in education but dangers loom

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s higher education system could enjoy a positive spin-off from Brexit, although it also presents huge dangers. On the plus side, Ireland may become a magnet for talented academics and researchers – and the research funding they bring – as well as international students, who want to work or study in what will then be one of just two English speaking countries in the EU (the other being Malta) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 June]

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