Archive for 17 November 2009

Socnets Complement College Life

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 November 2009 by Steve

“A few weeks ago, college students in Tipperary Institute placed chairs and desks around common areas with descriptions of college societies. At the time, I thought passersby might have also enjoyed learning about the vibrant online societies that occupy students’ time. While at my desk (video at right), I’ve seen several online networks that attract a lot of interest from our third level students …” (more)

[Inside View from Ireland, 17 November]

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Professors proliferate amid quest for prestige

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 November 2009 by Steve

“University managers without high-level academic achievement are winning the title of professor for ‘authority needs’, according to a confidential report obtained by the HES. Academic distinction at the international level is the traditional criterion for Australian professorship, according to a report for the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. However, changes to higher education and academic roles over the past decade have had a run-on effect in changing the criteria for conferring the title of professor, according to the report’s author, Kelly Farrell …” (more)

[Guy Healy, The Australian Higher Education, 18 November]

Navy and Garda divers join search for missing student

Posted in Life with tags on 17 November 2009 by Steve

“The search for a college student who has been missing for five days will focus today on the area around the Port of Cork’s city centre quays. Up to 50 people were involved in extensive searches of the River Lee and its banks yesterday for Brían Ó Tuama, a second-year arts student at University College Cork (UCC). The 19-year-old from Ballyvourney was last seen outside the McDonald’s restaurant on Daunt Square …” (more)

[Eoin English and Donal Hickey, Irish Examiner, 17 November]

GMIT signs deal with top Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 November 2009 by Steve

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has signed a ‘strategic partnership’ agreement with Nanchang University, ranked as one of the top 100 universities in China. Minister for Education and Science Batt O’Keeffe and Higher Education Authority chief executive Tom Boland witnessed the agreement’s confirmation in Galway by GMIT president Marion Coy and Nanchang University president Prof Zhou Wenbin …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 17 November]

Is Hugh Brady the Michael O’Leary of education?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 17 November 2009 by Steve

“UCD president Dr Hugh Brady is one of the most powerful figures in Irish education. Interviewed this week, he talks about his constant (and controversial) quest for excellence. Q. There is a common depiction of you as the Michael O’Leary of education, a tough, demanding figure who will brook no compromise. How do you respond? …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 17 November]

Academics can hit the X Factor with an appreciation for pop culture

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 November 2009 by Steve

“… So how is this relevant to universities? Well, third-level colleges need at all times to promote and encourage excellence in learning and scholarship. Therefore, intellectually they must present themselves as elite institutions. On the other hand, we cannot and must not be elite socially, and if we adopt the cultural icons and idioms of the upper middle classes we cannot hope to be open and inclusive. But it’s more difficult still than that. We need to do more than just learn a little about popular culture; we need to have some understanding of it …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Irish Times, 17 November]

Cap public servants’ pay at €100k, urges SF

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 November 2009 by Steve

“All public servants from the Taoiseach down should have their pay capped at €100,000 a year, Sinn Féin has said. Unveiling its routemap out of the recession, the party called for a third rate of tax to be levied on high earners as part of a new ‘fair tax’ economy …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 17 November]