Archive for mergers

‘Blueprint for recovery’?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 18 March 2011 by Steve

“Madam – The so-called ‘Blueprint for Recovery’ seems to be a positive indication that the monkeys have been at the typewriters again; in particular the risible section on creating a ‘world class university’ by putting all the third-level institutions together and make one big one …” (more)

[Andrew Loxley, Irish Times, 18 March]

The neoliberal consensus strikes again

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

“In yesterday’s Irish Times there was a review of a report by 17 leading business and public figures. The report, entitled ‘Blueprint for Ireland’s recovery’, claims that Ireland must become the most competitive euro zone country by 2016 … One of the report’s proposals is to rationalise the third level sector so as to ensure that Ireland has a single university of world standing …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 16 March]

Fewer universities with one big brand leader known as the University of Ireland is in the wider national interest

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 25 February 2011 by Steve

“In the course of discussions on the University College Dublin-Trinity research alliance two years ago, the Taoiseach Brian Cowen and his advisers had a Very Big Idea …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 25 February]

On Scale: Rightsizing Universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 6 February 2011 by Steve

“What is the right size for a University? Why are they the size they are? What drives them to grow or shrink? The question comes to mind from the recommendation in the recently released Irish National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 (known on this isle as ‘The Hunt Report’) …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 6 February]

Hogan calls on WIT to focus on south-east university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 28 January 2011 by Steve

“Deputy Phil Hogan has expressed disappointment with the shift in policy by the Board of Waterford IT in the pursuit of a university for the south east. The Fine Gael Frontbench spokesman, who has been a long-term supporter for the establishment of a university for the south-east, has criticised WIT’s new policy to pursue linking with Cork IT …” (more)

[Kilkenny Advertiser, 28 January]

Cork/Waterford merger may kill Carlow’s university dream

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“Moves to link Waterford IT and Cork IT could sound the death knell for aspirations held by IT Carlow that it would become central in a much-anticipated university for the south-east …” (more)

[Carlow Nationalist, 18 January]

CIT-WIT merger makes little emotive sense

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 19 January 2011 by Steve

“The currently contemplated merger of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) makes sense only financially …” (more)

[Daniel O’Carroll, Cork Student News, 19 January]