Archive for Ferdinand von Prondzysnki

NUI redux

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“In January 2010 the then Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe (now retired from politics), announced that he intended to ‘dissolve’ the National University of Ireland (a statement that made the NUI appear to be a kind of giant Alka Selzer) …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 March]

Bankrupt universities?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“… Even in stable financial times, universities in these islands tend to be run on a knife edge financially. They do not record big surpluses, and they tend to be highly reliant on a small selection of (sometimes inter-dependent) income streams …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 March]

The public good in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 March 2011 by Steve

“… If there is discussion and debate, it is not particularly coherent. At the heart of the confusion appears to be a failure to have any kind of consensus on what higher education is actually for. Politicians are tempted to focus on higher education as a labour market management mechanism, and so academics start to argue that everybody wants to turn education into a commodity that gets traded on a market …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 March]

The English fees debate on Twitter

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 21 February 2011 by Steve

“Speaking of Twitter, if you want some lively and often sarcastic commentary on current higher education events, it’s a good place to go …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 21 February]

The ‘free fees’ debate – AGAIN!

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“Ferdinand Von Prondzynski is at it again in The Irish Times of Tuesday, November 9, 2010. He argues that there is no way adequately to fund universities without the reintroduction of fees. That may be so but it is long past time to hear his argument stripped of nonsense …” (more)

[Colum McCaffery’s Weblog, 10 November]

Keeping universities traditional (2)

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 September 2010 by Steve

“Last Sunday morning I was very struck by the discussion between the participants on BBC Radio 4′s programme ‘Broadcasting House’ (you can listen to the podcast here). One of the issues raised was that of how a university should be organised and structured; it became clear that the participants all felt that a ‘real’ university needed to arrange its teaching on a campus in a classroom setting …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 September]

The best country?

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

“It’s a day for league tables in this blog, but before we get to a university table, here’s one on countries: Newsweek magazine has ranked the world’s countries in accordance with which are the ‘globe’s true national champions’ – meaning which countries are best when you take into account the economy, politics, health and quality of life …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 August]