Universities Should Take Nothing for Granted, as Populism Struts on a World Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Populism as a political creed has, in recent years, burst onto a truly world stage spanning, to mention the more notorious, Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hungary, the Philippines and Italy. There are common threads – right wing conservatism, nationalism, racism, a fear and loathing of immigrants and indeed anyone who departs from norms the populists set …” (more)

[Tom Boland, University Times, 5 March]

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Academics are in the crosshairs of the populists

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“What could be the connection between a pub in rural Galway, populism and higher education? First the pub. On a recent evening I enjoyed a conversation there with five local farmers – men in their 60s. The recent legislation relating to drink and drive was a hot topic …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Populism poses ‘major threat’ to autonomy of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Populism poses a major threat to research and the autonomy of universities, a conference has heard. The first ever Irish Postgraduate Research Conference heard of how jurisdictions such as Hungary have stopped universities offering courses in gender studies to help end the ‘domination of leftist intellectuals’ …” (more)

[Barry O’Rourke, Irish Times, 9 November]

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