Archive for 18 February 2010

Statement by Minister O’Keeffe at the announcement of strategic alliance between UL and NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 18 February 2010 by Steve

“I am delighted to join the Taoiseach and Tánaiste in welcoming the announcement of this strategic alliance between NUI Galway (NUIG) and the University of Limerick (UL). The alliance, which is being led at the highest level in the universities, will combine the institutions’ strengths and create synergies across the range of activities from undergraduate through to research for the benefit of students, the institutions themselves, their regions, and the country as a whole …” (more)

[Batt O’Keeffe, Fianna Fail, 18 February]

Limerick – Galway: announcement from Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 18 February 2010 by Steve

“Colleagues: I am delighted to share with you an announcement which will be made public later today. The University of Limerick and NUI Galway have entered into a Strategic Alliance across all key areas of our activity. Our two Universities are committed to working together to deliver a better service to our students, to our business and industry partners, to our region and to our various stakeholders …” (more)

[Don Barry, University Blog, 18 February]

Universities unite to boost investment

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 18 February 2010 by Steve

“NUI Galway and the University of Limerick have announced a strategic alliance which they say will boost enterprise and foreign direct investment and strengthen research and industry partnerships. The universities have a combined student population of more than 27,000 and almost 4,000 staff …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 18 February]

Dismantling of the NUI will threaten university standards

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 18 February 2010 by Steve

“Dear Editor, As a retired head of a medical school department in the National University of Ireland (NUI), I consider that dismantling the organisation, intended by the Minister for Education, could well lead to low standards and abuse by vested interests …” (more)

[EG Everard-Hewson, Irish Medical Times, 18 February]

Doctor cheated in postgraduate exam

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 February 2010 by Steve

“A doctor working in psychiatry who cheated in a postgraduate examination was yesterday found guilty of professional misconduct by the Irish Medical Council. A fitness to practice inquiry held by the council heard that Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal (44) from Pakistan had worked at a number of Irish hospitals, including St Fintan’s in Laois, St Brigid’s in Ballinasloe and St Brendan’s in Dublin, before travelling to the Britain in 2004 …” (more)

[Eithne Donnellan, Irish Times, 18 February]

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 18 February 2010 by Steve

“According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools’ administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the Robbins’s child was disciplined for ‘improper behavior in his home’ and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence. The suit is a class action, brought on behalf of all students issued with these machines …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 17 February]

‘The Challenge of Bologna’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 18 February 2010 by Steve

“The ‘Bologna Process’, under which European nations have agreed on common higher education standards – with the goal of making degrees and students recognized and respected across borders – continues to attract increased attention in the United States. In his new book, Paul L. Gaston, Trustees Professor at Kent State University, considers the evolution of Europe’s plans and their impact on American higher education …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 18 February]