Archive for 23 January 2009

Medical Agreement announced between Irish Universities and Malaysia

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 23 January 2009 by Steve

“On Thursday, January 22nd 2009, the Presidents of UCC and NUI Galway signed a Co-operation Agreement in Penang, Malaysia with Allianze College of Medical Sciences (ACMS). The agreement provides the legal framework for a new twinning medical programme between UCC/NUI Galway and ACMS which will see a cohort of some 120 Malaysian and other south-east Asian students studying medicine in Galway and Cork for the first two-and-a-half years and completing their degree in Malaysia in the second two-and-a-half years. Hospital based clinical education will take place in Malaysia. On successful completion, students would be awarded the NUI degree of MB, BAO, BCh. The first students will be admitted in September 2009 …” (more)

[d-p0sTeRs, 23 January]


Feachtas UCD ‘No Béarla’

Posted in Life with tags , on 23 January 2009 by Steve

“Tá feachtas ar siúl ag an gCumann Gaelach in UCD (nó Coláiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath chun an t-ainm ceart Gaeilge a úsáid) faoi láthair, dar teideal ‘No Béarla’ …” (more)

[Dialann Scott, 23 January]

Students march against return of fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 23 January 2009 by Steve

“Thousands of WIT students took to the city’s streets on Wednesday to demonstrate their anger at Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe’s proposals to reintroduce third level tuition fees. Abandoning their classes, the students marched from the Institute’s Cork Road campus into the city centre en masse, where they staged a protest to voice their opposition to the return of fees. This protest, organised by the Students’ Union, is the latest in a series of nationwide campaigns …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 23 January]

Provosts and Presidents

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 23 January 2009 by Steve

“Over the past week I have been reading the book by William Watts, A Memoir, which is the first autobiography by any Provost of Trinity College Dublin. Bill Watts led the College between 1981 and 1991, and for much of that time I was myself a rather bolshy junior lecturer there. The book describes his life and his tenure of the office of Provost, and it contains some interesting observations about the nature of university life and decision-making. However, one of the curiosities of the book is that nowhere does Watts explain what the role of the Provost really is …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 January]

The Relevance of the Humanities

Posted in research with tags on 23 January 2009 by Steve

“… Public funding gravitates towards scientific and medical research, with its more readily appreciated and easily discerned social benefits. In Britain, the fiscal plight of the arts and humanities is so dire that the Institute of Ideas recently sponsored a debate at King’s College London that directly addressed the question, ‘Do the arts have to re-brand themselves as useful to justify public money?’ …” (more)

[Gabriel Paquette, Inside Higher Ed, 22 January]

Protests fly in face of EU trends

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 23 January 2009 by Steve

“Ireland is increasingly out of step with the rest of Europe where the trend is towards college tuition fees, an EU survey reveals. But their possible re-introduction is causing anger among students, pictured above, who took to the streets in Waterford yesterday in advance of a massive march in Dublin on February 4 …” (more)

[Conor Kane and John Walshe, Independent, 22 January]

Why are there draconian restrictions on porn at our universities?

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 23 January 2009 by Steve

“… While pornography isn’t illegal in the UK, restrictions aren’t that different at Oxford – or really, any of the UK’s other bastions of learning … If it’s trivial or impractical to regulate, why ban porn at all? Many universities argue that surfing for porn is banned because it’s not for academic purposes. But this hardly explains why students are only lectured on porn as they are introduced to the network. Nobody worries that they’ll be sent down for shopping for jeans, emailing their grandmother or checking a bus schedule. And frankly, they probably get more out of the porn. It’s hard to single out pornography as uniquely anti-intellectual – and it certainly doesn’t make sense to ban it at universities where students regularly skip to bops in schoolgirl miniskirts or fetish gear. But what such vague and imprecise prohibitions do promote is a kind of self-consciousness, fearfulness, and shame about accessing content that might be damning. Worse, they allow the university to crack down on whoever it chooses, whenever it chooses, with whatever punishments it chooses …” (more)

[Ryan Thoreson, Guardian, 22 January]