UCD develops digital-policy programmes to keep up with tech changes

Posted in Teaching on April 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A series of qualifications to improve the understanding of officials in digital policy creation are being developed by University College Dublin with support from Microsoft. The Republic’s first academic digital policy programme is going to be developed in partnership with senior policy officials in the public sector, industry representatives and with Microsoft’s backing …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Ireland needs top universities if it wants tech investment

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The decline of Ireland’s universities in global rankings could hinder the growth of its technology industry, Microsoft’s Irish managing director has said. ‘There is a view that Ireland’s universities need to be in the top 100 to attract interest and investment from technology companies and spur innovation’, said Cathriona Hallahan, who leads the company’s 1,200-strong Irish operation …” (more)

[Sarah McCabe, Independent, 29 November]

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The decline and fall of Microsoft Academic Search

Posted in Research on May 21st, 2014 by steve

“Five years after it launched, Microsoft’s free scholarly search engine has fallen into shabby disrepair, failing to track even a fraction of papers published since 2011. But the team behind the product says that they are shifting their focus to a yet-to-be-released, next-generation version of the service …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature News Blog, 20 May]

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Microsoft shows third-level IT vision

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2012 by steve

“Microsoft Ireland has signed a three-year agreement to provide IT services to the third-level sector. The deal with HEAnet, Ireland’s National Education and Research Network, will enable students to access a number of Microsoft technologies …” (more)

[Independent, 10 October]

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Irish Education Not Fit For Purpose

Posted in Teaching on May 20th, 2011 by steve

“The Irish education system has to change if Ireland’s position in the global technology scene is to be preserved. That is the unequivocal consensus of five of Ireland’s multi-national corporations, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, who were guests of Engineers Ireland, ICT Ireland, Discover Science & Engineering and the Irish Software Association at the aptly named Smart Futures Seminar yesterday …” (more)

[Irish Dev, 20 May]

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Money down the silo

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2010 by steve

“Universities overlook ways to make savings simply because they do not focus on institution-wide schemes. Although the chancellor has just announced £200 million in cuts across the higher education budget, on top of cuts announced by the last administration, there is concern that with a new government and an empty Treasury, more reductions lie ahead …” (more)

[Ray Fleming, Times Higher Education, 30 May]

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