Archive for 19 July 2010

The money agenda in international education

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“Here’s something I have been saying for a while: if we present international student recruitment primarily (or possibly even at all) as an export-led, money-making activity, we won’t be very successful at it. Over the past couple of years Australia’s reputation as a destination for international students has been compromised somewhat because of the perception that it’s all about securing money for higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 July]

Graduate tax is not the only choice

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“While reading the reports on Vince Cable’s announcement of a possible change in policy for university funding, I was struck not only by the government’s talent of sticking the word ‘progressive’ in the middle of a description of clearly regressive measures, but also by the way such plans are being presented as somehow inevitable …” (more)

[Sirena Bergman, Guardian, 19 July]

Geoghegan-Quinn announces Europe’s largest investment in research and innovation

Posted in research with tags , on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“The EU commissioner responsible for research and innovation, Ireland’s Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, today announced almost €6.4bn of European Commission funding for research and innovation …” (more)

[Deirdre Nolan, Silicon Republic, 19 July]

Options abroad for a gap year

Posted in Life with tags on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“Most graduates would ideally like to combine a gap year with either travelling or working, but sometimes these are not options. Money worries can put paid to the idea of leisurely working your way across the world …” (more)

[Sunday Business Post, 18 July]

Irish researchers gain €213m from Europe’s €50bn R&D fund

Posted in research with tags , on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“Irish researchers have won funding totalling €213m for collaborative research out of the €50bn EU Seventh Framework Programme – seen as a major asset in the EU’s fight against the current economic crisis. The Irish research projects cover areas like ICT, health, nanotechnology and energy …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 19 July]

Misleading commentary

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“Yesterday’s Sunday Independent newspaper contained an opinion piece by Marc Coleman under the heading ‘Highest-paid academics of Europe get yet another rise’. Actually, if you Google the name Marc Coleman you’ll get a choice of either a ‘mixed martial arts fighter’, or a self-styled ‘media economist, author and event speaker.’ I’d like to think that this piece was by the kung fu guy, but I have a hunch it was the event speaker …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 July]

College still not affordable for thousands

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of people will still be unable to afford college places because of Government cuts despite a slight relaxation of eligibility criteria for one support scheme, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) claims …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 July]

Second-time lucky for grind students after HPAT furore

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“The Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) for entry to medicine is mired in new controversy after repeat students from the class of 2009 proved that you can do a lot better the second time around …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 July]

Year-long wait for education grant cut to nine months

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“The Government has finally bowed to pressure to cut the length of time people must wait on the dole before they can get a grant to go back to college. The waiting time for the Back-to-Education Allowance had previously been one year but now it is being cut slightly to nine months today …” (more)

[Michael Brennan, Independent, 19 July]

Student fees: more research needed

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“… we cannot afford to have our higher education system clogged up by ‘degree-grabbers’ – people who think any degree in any subject, preferably one regarded as ‘easy’, is a passport to some job or other. Surely it is not too much to expect students to rough out some sort of career plan when applying for public support …” (more)

[NG Anderson, Guardian, 19 July]

East beats west for Irish J1 students in US job market

Posted in Life with tags on 19 July 2010 by Steve

“Some Irish students who are in the US this summer on J1 visas have reported major problems in finding employment, with long queues of applicants turning up for seasonal work …” (more)

[Hugh McDowell and Stephen Mangan, Irish Times, 19 July]

‘I have quite a respect for Haughey’

Posted in Life with tags on 19 July 2010 by Steve

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