Archive for 2 July 2010

Mathematicians to solve industry problems at UL

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“A week-long intensive problem-solving challenge involving industry and academic collaboration has begun at University of Limerick (UL). The 75th European Study Group with Industry, organised by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded Mathematics Application Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI), was formally opened by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 2 July]

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Admission Officials’ Tweets Fall on Deaf Ears

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“Colleges are ramping up efforts to connect with prospective students through Twitter—but students aren’t interested, a new study says. Evidence has shown that teenagers rely on college visits and Web sites to learn about colleges, rather than social-media outlets …” (more)

[Kelly Truong, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 July]

The knowledge crisis

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“… A final dimension concerns our universities. If we accept that they play a privileged role in any society in the generation of knowledge, then the failure to generate more critical knowledge in Irish society over recent decades does raise serious questions for our universities. One might expect that this would stimulate a debate within the universities …” (more)

[Peadar Kirby, Progressive Economy @ TASC, 2 July]

Clune is new Fine Gael front bench spokesperson for Innovation and Research

Posted in research with tags , , on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“… One of my main ambitions is to ensure the government implements recommendations in the Innovation Taskforce Report. The report highlighted that in 2008, a total of €2.6b was spent on Research and Development, an equivalent of 1.66% of GNP. In the same year, business expenditure on Research and Development rose to €1.68b …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 2 July]

Framing the Conversation on Research Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“… The future of our nation’s public higher education institutions is too important to leave in the hands of individual states. As the framers of the Morrill Act forecast, and as the foundation of this new federal panel reaffirms, a strong public higher education system anchored by excellent research universities is key to building US economic, intellectual, and technological strength …” (more)

[John B Simpson, Inside Higher Ed, 2 July]

Teacher unions open to reform talks

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , , on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“… The executive of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) decided yesterday it would enter talks as long as what is to be discussed is clear beforehand and that anything negotiated would be subject to a ballot of members before it could be agreed …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 2 July]

UCD wrap up good day for Irish

Posted in Life with tags on 2 July 2010 by Steve

“Seven Irish crews had confident wins at Henley Royal Regatta yesterday. The day ended with a stirring win late last evening for UCD in the Prince Albert for student coxed fours – they beat Goldie Boat Club by three-quarters of a length after coming from behind …” (more)

[Liam Gorman, Irish Times, 2 July]