Archive for 3 June 2009

Irish students head to UK over fee fear

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 3 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Thousands of this year’s crop of Leaving Cert students are expected to leave Ireland to go to college in Britain this Autumn as the prospect of fees puts them off Irish universities. UK colleges have had a surge of applications from Ireland in recent months after clear signals that fees would be introduced here in 2010. Up to 3,000 of this year’s Leaving Cert students are expected to cross the channel or go over the border to study …” (more)

[Independent, 3 June]

Monoglot researchers are damaging UK competitiveness, says British Academy

Posted in Life with tags , on 3 June 2009 by Steve

UK“Scholarship is being damaged by a lack of ‘essential’ foreign language skills among UK- born and educated researchers, a report from the national academy for humanities and social sciences has warned. The study by the British Academy, which is due to be released this week, says the decline of foreign language provision across the UK’s education system is threatening not only the health of arts and humanities research, but also the whole of the UK’s research base and, in turn, the contribution it makes to the economy. It calls for action to address the problem, including the introduction of foreign language requirements for university entry at more institutions …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 3 June]

Restructuring Universities and the Two Cultures

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 June 2009 by Steve

USA“A bit over a month ago, Mark C. Taylor – chair of the Religion Department at Columbia, and one of the most prominent philosophers of religion in the US – published an Op-Ed for the New York Times titled ‘The End Of The University As We Know It’. The essay created a buzz on the blogosphere (unfortunately almost only there) and produced different reactions, from complete agreement to hostile opposition. The core of the essay has been summarized well by Dan Coleman at Open Culture Blog: ‘Taylor proposes six ideas: 1) Getting rid of free-standing academic departments and making academic work cross-disciplinary, 2) developing multi-disciplinary programs that focus on “real” problems …’…” (more)

[Hypertiling, 3 June]

Not adding up

Posted in teaching with tags , on 3 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“One bit of statistical information that we have just discovered is far more damaging than all the figures on economic slowdown and unemployment. In today’s Irish Times education editor Sean Flynn reports that fewer than 20 per cent of students have opted to take Higher Level Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate examinations beginning this week. He expanded on this subject a little more on broadcaster RTE’s Drivetime programme …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 June]