Archive for 10 February 2010

USI boss says capping numbers will not work

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“Peter Mannion, President of the Union of Students of Ireland, says the government should not cap the number of students going to college as a knee-jerk reaction to our present financial crisis. ‘There is already a cap in the numbers going to college in the North and there is no evidence that there has been an increase in the quality of education’ …” (more)

[Independent, 10 February]

Higgins calls for Dáil debate on crisis affecting those returning to education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“Deputy Michael D Higgins has accused Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe, and the Department of Education and Science of pulling the rug from under the feet of mature students seeking to begin a third-level education by changing the rules mid-stream …” (more)

[Labour Party, 10 February]

EU to reveal 2020 strategic R&D stimulus plan

Posted in research with tags , , on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“The EU Commissioner responsible for R&D, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, has revealed the EU will reveal a strategic science and technology action plan called Europe 2020 to steer Europe through the recession …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 10 February]

‘Bologna Reforms: The Case of Physics’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“Never heard of the Stakeholders Tune European Physics Studies initiative (STEPS)? But what about the Trans-national European Evaluation Project (TEEP)? Come on, so you do know the head of the SOCRATES program at your department/university?! And she might be the head of the local branch of the Thematic Network (TN) in physics …” (more)

[science:biophysics //NBI, 10 February]

International education needs fixing

Posted in teaching with tags on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“This sector is crying out for a national body to shape its future. The Federal Government’s changes to the skilled migration program will affect thousands of international students. For the industry, the greatest pain will be felt by private colleges. They have boomed because of the present policies and will decline …” (more)

[Stephen Connolly, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 February]

The Truth About the ‘Crisis’ in Higher Education Finance

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“If Harvard, Yale, and Stanford have to make cutbacks due to their endowments’ stock market losses, it stands to reason that those losses have caused them deep, and the rest of higher education even deeper, trouble. It stands to reason – but it is not true. Those wealthy universities are not really in the financial trouble their announcements of belt-tightening imply …” (more)

[Burton A Weisbrod and Evelyn D Asch, Change, Jan/Feb]

The Limits of Bioethics

Posted in research with tags , on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“On valentine’s day two years ago, Paul Wagner, a 40-year-old Philadelphia purchasing manager, gave Gail Tomas, a total stranger, his left kidney. Wagner met Tomas, a 65-year-old former opera singer, on the internet, at MatchingDonors.com. Her daughter had posted an ad asking some magnificent stranger to save her mother. ‘It was there that I read about a lady in my city, Philadelphia, who was desperate for help’, Wagner said. ‘It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made’. This story had a happy ending. Yet it unfolded amid controversy over whether ethical norms were violated …” (more)

[Sally Satel, Policy Review, Feb/Mar]