Archive for February, 2010

DCU student entrepreneur society shut down over ‘misuse of funds’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“A college society consist­ing of up-and-coming Irish entrepreneurs has been officially disbanded after allegations of funding misuse involving a trip to Budapest. The DCU Entrepreneurial and Social (E&S) society, which has over 1,000 members, was initially suspended after doubts over the trip first arose …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 28 February]

GMIT Galway 0 – 6 NUI Maynooth

Posted in Life with tags , on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“… Congrats to our CUSAI girls’ and lads’ teams, who both won their last qualifier games before the finals by three sets to none (25-5, 25-4, 25-15 for the girls, and 25-19, 25-23, 25-15 for the lads). In fairness, it was disappointing the girls did not meet the opposition that befitted them, making for a boring match …” (more)

[Volleyball Club NUI Maynooth, 28 February]

Modern languages degrees ‘could die out within 20 years’

Posted in teaching with tags on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“The study of modern languages and could die out within the next 20 years because of the government’s focus on science subjects, leading academics have warned. A group of 14 influential figures, including leading academics and influential figures in the arts, has issued the warning in response to higher-education funding cuts …” (more)

[Paul Stokes, Sunday Telegraph, 28 February]

High Court rejects university’s IP appeal

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“A decision by the High Court of Australia earlier this month has dispelled assumptions by universities that they, as with private companies, automatically own the intellectual property rights to discoveries or inventions of their staff …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 28 February]

Growing outcry at threat of cuts in humanities at universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“An influential group of leading academics and cultural figures has issued a stark warning that they fear for the future of the arts and humanities in British universities …” (more)

[Anushka Asthana and Rachel Williams, Observer, 28 February]

Why branch campuses may be unsustainable

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“Branch campuses are sprouting around the world, like mushrooms after a heavy rain. According to the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, the number of branch campuses have increased by 43% to a total of 162 between 2006 and 2009. Many of the growing mushrooms may only hold a limited lifespan and a few might be poisonous …” (more)

[Philip G Altbach, University World News, 28 February]

Uniriot towards Wien – Europe calling!

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“On March 11th and 12th, an event that is only apparently insignificant and self-referential will take place in Budapest and Wien: the celebration of the anniversary of the Bologna Process, the reform of the university system drawn up ten years ago and progressively applied in the European countries …” (more)

[Nelson Fraga, Parar Bolonha, 28 February]