Archive for 13 June 2009

Kalam revives 247-year-old India ties at Trinity College

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 13 June 2009 by Steve

India“Former president APJ Abdul Kalam has launched a twin India-focussed initiative at the Trinity College in Dublin during a visit that helped spark a renewed interest in India at the 417-year-old university. The university announced the establishment of an India chair and a post in Indian studies to coincide with Kalam’s visit Friday – held amid a warming of India-Irish ties and plans for greater collaborations in education and science and technology …” (more)

[Dipankar De Sarkar, Gaea News, 13 June]

Emerging issues #1 …

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Some of the topics that came up at the discussions/workshop sessions included a renewed interest in what sort of degree structures would be most appropriate for the new era of mass participation in higher education and the needs for graduates to be flexible in their employment prospects, but also to have acquired some greater awareness of cultural and civic values. Suggestions include a rationalisation of the plethora of programmes and a focus perhaps on a modern equivalent of a ‘liberal arts’ curriculum (remembering that such includes science as well as humanities and social sciences) or degrees based on themes …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 13 June]

Things of archaic wonder they may be – But a medieval outlook won’t pay

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 June 2009 by Steve

UK“… While most public institutions have had too much privatisation in recent years, universities have not had enough. To outsiders, a European university is a thing of archaic wonder, its outlook and methods essentially unchanged since the middle ages. Its teaching terms still reflect the need to go home for sowing and harvest. Its courses are assumed to require three or four years of roughly half-time study, with no attempt to assess productivity or the cost of such labour withheld from the economy …” (more)

[Simon Jenkins, Guardian, 11 June]

Academics worried by ‘spoon-fed’ students

Posted in teaching with tags , on 13 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“University academics are increasingly concerned about the performance of some Leaving Cert students who are ‘spoon-fed’ in school and expect the same in college, the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, Tom Boland said yesterday. In a key address, he also pointed to increasing evidence that the quality and employability of Irish graduates was declining, when compared to other developed states …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 13 June]

Irish war dead to be honoured

Posted in Life with tags on 13 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The names of more than 7,500 men and women from the island of Ireland who were killed in the Second World War are brought together in a roll of honour for the first time ever today. Seventy years after the beginning of the global conflict, researchers believe they have finally achieved accurate details on the scale of those lost … The roll of honour will be unveiled at Trinity College Dublin and a working copy will be on display for the public to read in the college’s library …” (more)

[Irish Times, 12 June]

Exam nightmares

Posted in teaching with tags , on 13 June 2009 by Steve

UK“… Anyway, I now have a new real life nightmare. I don’t get to the exam room to start the exam. The Cambridge system is that one examine from every ‘board’ turns up at every room that one of their paper is to be sat – in case a student has a question, or has spotted a mistake, or whatever. Anyway I was down to turn up at the Corn Exchange on Monday morning, nine o’clock, to be there for the first thirty minutes of the Part I Ancient History paper. The truth is that I completely forgot. It wasn’t that I was doing something fun …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A don’s life, 12 June]