President urges universities to return to ‘humanistic’ values

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Creativity’ is in great danger of misuse and at risk of being reduced to an ‘advertising slogan’, President Michael D Higgins has warned. Speaking at the opening of NUI Galway’s (NUIG) new O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, Mr Higgins has also appealed to universities to ‘re-dedicate themselves to originality of thought and a commitment to humanistic values in teaching’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 10 April]

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President: professor left a rich legacy of research

Posted in Life on January 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins led the tributes to the noted historian, Professor Ronan Fanning, who died yesterday. Prof Fanning (75), was Professor Emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin where he also studied …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 January]

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President warns of threat to academic freedom

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has warned of the growing global threat to academic freedom and democracy, just days after he controversially paid tribute to Fidel Castro …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 30 November]

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President calls on Government to borrow ‘cheap money’ for housing and education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The President Micheal D Higgins has suggested that the Government could improve public services, if it increased borrowing. In an interview with the Irish Independent, the President criticised EU fiscal rules, which limit the amount governments can borrow …” (more)

[, 17 September]

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Michael D blushing over NUIG’s own ‘Father Ted cinema protest’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Do you get the feeling Michael D Higgins is embarrassed by his Alma Mater? Obviously, the President is too polite – and restricted by his high office – to say so. But Michael D was a revolutionary, who, at the very least, would be concerned with recent goings-on at NUI Galway … “(more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 15 April]

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President’s speech on universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I hope that our politicians will take time off from their present discussions and read the lecture given by President Michael D Higgins in Galway (‘Universities facing “intellectual crisis”, says President’, April 7th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 13 April]


Where the President got it wrong

Posted in Teaching on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In his recent speech to the EUA, President Higgins said the following: ‘The challenge we face is that we must confront an erroneous a prevalent perception that the necessary focus of higher education must be on that which is utilitarian and immediately applicable ..'” (more)

[educationandstuff, 12 April]

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Creative dissent versus social inclusion?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“For anyone interested in universities, it is worth keeping an eye on the speeches and addresses of the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. Right from the start of his presidency he has made regular incursions into higher education policy, and has in particular bemoaned the dominant influence as he sees it of market-oriented economic theory …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 April]

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Secret Cartoonist exhibit taken down hours after President Higgins speaks at NUIG to say colleges must foster ‘capacity to dissent’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“How’s this for irony? The Secret Cartoonist exhibition taking a satirical look at NUI Galway’s management of gender discrimination issues at the university was taken down in the middle of the night – only hours after President Michael D Higgins, speaking at a conference at NUIG, said it is critical for universities to encourage opposing opinions …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 8 April]

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President Higgins: Universities facing ‘intellectual crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities are under increasing pressure to produce graduates solely for the labour market and face an ‘intellectual crisis’ over their role in society, President Michael D Higgins has said. Speaking at the annual conference of the European Universities Association in NUI Galway, Mr Higgins said higher education has a crucial role to play in laying the foundations of a society that is more inclusive, participatory and equal …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Third level intellectual progress needed – Higgins

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has said universities must drive social and intellectual development, instead of focusing solely on economic requirements. President Higgins was speaking at the annual conference of the European Universities Association, which is being held at NUI, Galway …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 April]

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Irish studies grant for UC Berkeley announced by President

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has announced a $40,000 (€36,000) grant for University of California, Berkeley, to help set up an Irish studies programme. The President was speaking at the university as part of an eight-day official visit to the US west coast …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 27 October]

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UC Berkeley to set up Irish Studies programme

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The University of California at Berkeley is to establish a new Irish Studies programme, part-funded by the Government. President Michael D Higgins made the announcement during a visit to the campus, where he also gave a keynote speech, describing the failure of the international community to address hunger and poverty as the ‘greatest moral failing of humanity’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 27 October]

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Hundreds attend UCD service for those killed in Berkeley

Posted in Life on June 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of people have attended a special Memorial service in UCD for the six Irish students who died in Berkeley. UCD students, friends of those who died in Berkeley, family members, staff and members of the public, came together as a single body of mourners …” (more)

[Ciarán D’Arcy, Irish Times, 19 June]

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Yeats Scholarship Launched by UL on St Patrick’s Day

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has established a WB Yeats Scholarship with the University of São Paulo in Brazil (USP) as the latest initiative of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two intuitions in 2012 during the visit of President Michael D Higgins to Sao Paulo …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 17 March]

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President hits out at drinks firms ‘preying’ on Galway students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins – back in Galway to address a conference at his old NUIG alma mater – has lashed out at drinks companies for ‘preying’ on third level students …” (more)

[John Brennan, Connacht Tribune, 12 February]

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New UCD spin-out National Folklore Foundation established

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out company with charitable status called the National Folklore Foundation has been established to preserve, protect and promote Ireland’s National Folklore Collection at UCD …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 3 February]

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NUI Galway to sign agreement with leading Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is to sign an agreement tomorrow with leading Chinese university during President Higgins’ State Visit. The agreement with Tsinghua University will see collaboration on both education and research activities …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 8 December]

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Anti-bullying group in dispute with university over name

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 14th, 2014 by steve

“A prominent anti-bullying organisation, which is endorsed by Michael D Higgins, has become embroiled in a dispute with a Dublin university over the use of an abbreviation …” (more)

[Niall O’Connor, Independent, 14 July]

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President Higgins to participate in event to mark anniversary of Galway professor coining the term ‘Neanderthal’

Posted in Research on May 16th, 2014 by steve

“The 150th anniversary of the naming of Neanderthal man by a Galway-based scientist will be celebrated during a three-day symposium in NUI Galway next week …” (more)

[Karina Corbett, Business and Leadership, 16 May]

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