Archive for 26 September 2008

Irish education must spread its wings beyond these shores

Posted in teaching on 26 September 2008 by Steve

“In the emerging markets of east Asia and the Persian Gulf, we are witnessing an unprecedented surge in economic growth. While much has been written about the advances made by Chinese manufacturers or the financial institutions setting up shop in Dubai, there has been an equally strong expansion of the global market in education in emerging economies. It is an incredible opportunity for anybody involved in education, but I fear that Ireland – with a few notable exceptions – is not exploiting this opportunity as well as it could …” (more)

[Feargal Quinn, Irish Times, 26 September]

Half of pupils plan to work abroad after graduation

Posted in teaching with tags on 26 September 2008 by Steve

“Third level students are so concerned about job prospects in Ireland that half of them are planning to travel abroad to work once they graduate, a new survey reveals. Only 58pc claim to have any confidence in getting a job at home related to their qualification within six months of graduating. They don’t see this situation getting any better, with more than three in four agreeing that future graduates may also have to seek employment abroad …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 26 September]