Archive for 9 May 2010

Irish patents fall below EU average

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“The number of patents granted to Irish companies and researchers increased by 18 per cent last year, but Ireland still lags well behind the European average for patents. The European Patent Office (EPO) granted 145 patents to Ireland last year, up from 122 for 2008 …” (more)

[Ian Kehoe, Sunday Business Post, 9 May]

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Al-Qaeda extremists are taking hold here, claims Muslim cleric

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“Extremist Muslims influenced by al-Qaeda are taking a hold in Ireland and some of these young adults are becoming influential in the country’s universities, the Muslim religious leader of a Dublin mosque has warned …” (more)

[Ali Bracken, Sunday Tribune, 9 May]

A ‘disgrace’ 1,700 students still waiting for first grant payment

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“Nearly 1,700 students are still waiting for the first instalment of their grant, according to the Union Of Students in Ireland (USI). Many of these students have not been informed whether or not they are eligible for a grant, or what level of maintenance they might receive …” (more)

[Ceile Varley, College View, 9 May]

Our crop of young professionals is harvested abroad

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“Edel Greene is angry. All the years of study, 580 points in the Leaving Cert, the late-night stints in the library of the Royal College of Surgeons, studying pharmacy – and now not a hope of a job in her own country …” (more)

[Jerome Reilly, Independent, 9 May]

Philosophical questions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“Over the past week or two a lot of attention in the academic world has focused on Middlesex University in the UK. The issue that has attracted all this is the university’s decision to close its philosophy department. While the university has stated that the reason for the closure is the department’s inability to attract a sufficient number of students, critics have suggested that the real reason is that the funding formula used in England discourages universities from maintaining humanities subjects …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 May]

Curriculum reforms a must

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“Wide-ranging curriculum reforms and more investment in higher education are needed to meet Europe’s education and societal demands, according to a report by the European Parliament’s culture and education committee. The report urges a boost in computer literacy, a strengthening of education-business links, fostering mobility, facilitating lifelong learning and tackling social exclusion in education …” (more)

[University World News, 9 May]

Axe set to fall on universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“At least half of Scotland’s universities are cutting their student numbers – at a time when applications to higher education institutions are at an all-time high. A Freedom of Information request by the National Union of Students Scotland found that eight universities are planning cuts in student numbers by as much as 18% …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, University World News, 9 May]