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Autonomy and Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“It is worth rereading this VOX summary of the influential Bruegel report on the reform of European universities. They basically said that the reason that European universities are so far behind the US is that they have too little funding and too much state interference …” (more)

[Liam Delaney, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 16 March]


Hunt report: towards a national strategy?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 January 2011 by Steve

“… This, therefore, is the ‘big idea’ of the report. It is the view that a small country like Ireland cannot afford to have a diversity of uncontrolled institutional missions. In many ways this is an understandable view, particularly when you bear in mind the composition of the Hunt group …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 January]

Understanding the significance of university autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 June 2010 by Steve

“If you were to pin down the key element that defines a globally successful higher education system, what would it be? Some might be tempted to argue that success flows from the wealth of resources available to the sector, either through public funding or through success in generating revenues and donations. But in fact while money is always a factor in some way, it may not be the critical one …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 June]

Independence would enhance role of universities in society

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 1 May 2010 by Steve

“The lazy way for a government to save money is to tell every Minister to reduce their spend by a given percentage. That makes it easier to avoid argument in Cabinet about cuts. But it should be obvious that the impact of this refusal to exercise judgment on the impact of cuts in different areas of expenditure can have a potentially damaging impact on the future of the economy and society …” (more)

[Garret Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 1 May]

Small is ugly?

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

“The announcement of the strategic partnership between NUI Galway and the University of Limerick was made in the presence of the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen TD, and senior government ministers. The following in the report by the Irish Times caught my eye …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 February]

Set our universities free

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 25 January 2010 by Steve

“Hardly a week goes by without a government spokesman discussing an aspect of the ‘smart economy’. In the public (and perhaps government) mind, this is equated with technology. But a truly ‘smart’ economy is not based on technology, but on flexibility – especially mental flexibility. Developing this should be the primary focus of the higher education sector. However, a set of interlinked issues render it unable to do this …” (more)

[Discussion thread on The Irish Economy]
[Charles Larkin and Brian Lucey, Sunday Business Post, 24 January]

Knowledge Economy and Irish academia

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 24 January 2010 by Steve

“… Not a single Irish university today would have seen Keynes offering a job to Hayek. Only senior faculty are allowed, and even then – unwillingly – to express dissenting views. Any junior faculty member peeping their head above the grey mass will be thrown out as soon as their contract comes for a renewal …” (more)

[Constantin Gurdgiev, True Economics, 24 January]