Furious college heads round on O’Keeffe in talks

“Embattled education minister Batt O’Keeffe was “rounded on” by the heads of the universities about the funding crisis in the country’s colleges in their meeting last week. While last Wednesday’s unique meeting between the minister and the seven heads of the universities was described publicly as productive, in truth, several “highly heated” and “frank” exchanges occurred. With Ireland among the lowest in the OECD when it comes to funding from the State, the college heads have said they are at “tipping point”, and if the situation is not addressed quickly, then Ireland will see a major exodus of its leading academics and researchers…” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 28 September]

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