Higher Education Crisis a Risk to Economy, says Government Report

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The ongoing funding crisis in higher education poses a risk to Ireland’s future, according to a new report published by the government. First published in 2014, the annual national risk assessment identifies geopolitical, economic, social, environmental and technological risks that Ireland faces …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 August]

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A degree of reality is needed about whether college courses are really worth taking

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More money is needed so our universities are not left to crumble. Third-level funding stands at €138m less than what is needed to cater for our rapidly expanding student numbers. But where should the money come from? And how many graduates do we need? Isn’t it time to question our obsession with herding every young person off to college at the taxpayers’ expense? …” (more)

[Lorraine Courtney, Independent, 29 July]

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Trinity 37th in Times Higher Education Teaching Rankings

Posted in Teaching on July 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is 37th in the Times Higher Education European teaching rankings for 2019, climbing significantly from last year. The 2018 pilot rankings saw College fall into the 51st–75th category …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 July]

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The Influence of rankings revisited

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2019 by steve

International“Rankings are everywhere. Like a cleverly constructed virus they are all over the place and are almost impossible to delete. They are used for immigration policy, advertising, promotion, and recruitment …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 30 June]

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Universities and world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof William Reville notes that many institutes of technology such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology achieved top ranking in the latest QS World University Rankings …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 28 June]

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Maynooth University rated in top 50 of 2019’s Young University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has today been recognised as one of the leading new universities in the world. The Times Higher Education (THE) ranking has put the Irish university at number 50 in its latest Young University Rankings, climbing from number 80 last year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 26 June]

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University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, and John Walshe, Former Special Advisor to Education Minister, discuss why Irish universities have not made the top 100 in world rankings in 2019 …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 20 June]

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Rankings and Quality

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Like the Leaving Cert, the announcement of university rankings leads to the same conversations year after year. The typical conversation goes like this: the rankings are meaningless because they use flawed methodologies but we still need to be worried about the signal a decline in rankings sends to the international community …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 20 June]

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The Irish Times view on university rankings: the cost of failing to invest

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The popularity of university rankings owes much to their simplicity. They claim to identify the best institutions around the world by comparing indicators – such as student-staff ratios, research citations and reputation – and combining them into an aggregated score …” (more)

[Irish Times, 20 June]

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Universities and world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I read the report by Carl O’Brien on the 2020 QS World University Rankings with interest. I note particularly that institutes of technology are performing very well (‘Irish universities stay outside top 100 in world rankings’, News, June 19th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 20 June]

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Why university world rankings are meaningless

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The most recent in the apparently never-ending stream of university rankings, out today, shows no sign of reversing the 10-year decline in the performance of Irish universities – as a whole they are nowhere near where they were a decade ago, and at best it shows that the decline may have paused. Should this be a cause for alarm? …” (more)

[Bahram Bekhradnia, Irish Times, 19 June]

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Universities struggle in rankings of world’s best

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities continue to struggle in world rankings as governments elsewhere pump more money into higher education. Trinity College Dublin is the best performer for Ireland in the latest global table, but it has continued its descent, falling to 108th, down four places on last year, in the annual QS World University Rankings. It is 37th in Europe …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 June]

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Irish universities stay outside top 100 in world rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities show little sign of reversing their decade-long decline in new global rankings. The latest QS World University Rankings show Trinity College Dublin has slipped further out of the top 100, down from 104th to 108th place, while UCD climbed eight places to 185th. Of the eight ranked Irish universities, three improved, three declined, while two remained stable …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 June]

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IMI and UCD Smurfit School among top 50 for executive education

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Management Institute (IMI) and the UCD Smurfit Executive Development Centre have both been ranked among the best business schools globally. This is according to the 2019 Financial Times executive education rankings, which assess business schools across a number of criteria, including course quality, faculty, facilities and diversity …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 3 June]

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Time for Dublin’s universities to amalgamate

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – People have welcomed the prospect of Dublin’s Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) gaining official university status (News, March 5th). Some will be surprised it did not already have it. RCSI has long been drawing multinational students into the city. Its elevation now would extend that role and enrich the college’s academic culture …” (more)

[Diarmuid Ó Gráda, Irish Times, 15 April]

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Do we really need a global impact ranking?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2019 by steve

International“Sixteen years ago there was just one international university ranking, the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Since then rankings have proliferated. We have world rankings, regional rankings, subject rankings, business school rankings, young university rankings, employability rankings, systems rankings, and best student cities …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 14 April]

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Resources alone may not be enough

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

International“Universitas 21 has just published its annual ranking of higher education systems. There are four criteria each containing several metrics: resources, connectivity, environment and output. The ranking has received a reasonable amount of media coverage although not as much as THE or QS …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 6 April]

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Irish universities among ‘best in the world’ when it comes to gender equality and climate action

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities rank among the best in the world in meeting global goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring peace and prosperity for all. Five of Ireland’s seven universities are in the top 100 of the first ever international league table measuring their commitment to areas such as gender equality, climate action and sustainable cities and communities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 April]
[Rankings data are here]

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A New Set of International Rankings (II)

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

International“The Times Higher Education ‘Impact’ Rankings (which I described yesterday) just dropped a couple of hours ago. You can browse the results here. The main news you readers need to know is that CANADA IS AWESOME (at least if you give any credence to these rankings) …” (more)

[HESA, 3 April]

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A New Set of International Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2019 by steve

InternationalTimes Higher Education (THE) is putting out its brand spanking new ‘Impact Rankings’ tomorrow morning in North America (it’s an evening launch at an event in Korea but timed to hit the papers at lunch time in Europe and for the early news cycle over here) …” (more)

[HESA, 2 April]

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