Archive for 20 January 2010

Decision to abolish NUI taken without consultation on ‘back of envelope’ calculations – Hayes

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 20 January 2010 by Steve

“Fine Gael Education Spokesman, Brian Hayes TD, has said that Minister O’Keeffe’s decision to abolish the NUI was taken without consultation with the universities and graduates, pre-empts the Government’s own strategy and is not based on any firm calculations …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 20 January]

NUI to be dissolved

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 January 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, is to dissolve the National University of Ireland (NUI). Minister O’Keeffe acknowledged the important role the NUI has played in Irish education for more than a century …” (more)

[CorkPolitics.ie, 20 January]

Market Failure

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 January 2010 by Steve

“… A requirement for being ‘reliable’ is sharing the views of other ‘reliable’ people as to what constitutes reliability. It is like the tenure system in academia. Who gets tenure? Above all, it is people who support the existing tenure system. Incidentally, that is my explanation for why the Internet has failed to alter the academic journal system. People who go through the tenure process have an enormous stake in not changing the process. The process is self-reinforcing …” (more)

[Arnold Kling, Library of Economics and Liberty, 14 January]

And who owns NUIM anyway?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 January 2010 by Steve

“More importantly, considering NUIM leases land belonging to the priesty fellows, I suspect this move might have larger repercussions there” (tweet)

[Sinead McEneaney, Twitter, 20 January]

Renaming NUIM

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 20 January 2010 by Steve

“NUI (National University of Ireland) to be abolished – http://bit.ly/56OCSo // This will reopen the debate over naming @NUIM” (tweet)

[Sinead McEneaney, Twitter, 20 January]

Languages are becoming ‘twilight subjects’ at state schools

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 January 2010 by Steve

“Pupils in comprehensives are disqualifying themselves from top jobs and places at some of the country’s best universities because so few are studying a foreign language, a report claims. Most state schools in England have abandoned a government target to keep at least half their pupils studying a language until the age of 16, the study reveals …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 20 January]

From Ivory Towers to International Business

Posted in teaching with tags on 20 January 2010 by Steve

“The main hypothesis examined in this study is that the success of export recruitment strategies of universities is partly determined by their export readiness, defined as a function of market orientation. This article seeks to fulfil both a research and a practitioner gap in the export of education field …” (more)

[Vik Naidoo, Journal of Studies in International Education, March]