Archive for 22 June 2009

Jobless to get free college places

Posted in teaching with tags , on 22 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Thousands of unemployed workers hit by the economic downturn will be able to retrain on free college places from September, it was announced today. Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe said the 2,500 spaces on part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be part of the Government’s efforts to upskill the labour force. Mr O’Keeffe said the third-level sector has a critical role to play in helping unemployed workers develop the type of skills they need to get back into the work …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 June]

Diversity of mission in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 22 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The easy part of this is the idea that there should be institutions in higher education with different missions; the harder part is to work out what levels of diversity are compatible with membership of the same overall system and to what extent ‘equality of esteem’ is really possible. These issues are also topical in Ireland right now, as the higher education sector struggles with the rationalisation agenda and as institutions currently without university status seek to acquire it …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 June]