The National Agency held the final event in its series of national regional workshops on the Diploma Supplement at Waterford Institute of Technology on 8 February 2013. The Workshop was mainly focussed on staff at WIT and the Institute of Technology, Carlow.
The fight against youth unemployment, currently nearly 24% in the European Union, will be at the forefront of discussion at the Council for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport taking place in Brussels on Friday 15 February. Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will underline the importance of modernising education and training systems to ensure young people are equipped with skills needed by the job market. Education Ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on investing in education and training in response to the Commission's Annual Growth Survey and Rethinking Education strategy. David Puttnam, chairman of the Open University in the UK and a renowned film producer (Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express) will participate in a debate on 'education and skills for jobs, stability and growth', along with Andreas Schleicher, the OECD's deputy director for education. The Irish Presidency will also report on the latest state of play on the negotiations over Erasmus for All, the new programme for education, training, youth and sport which will start in 2014.
On 30th–31st January 2013, the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) hosted an international conference on ‘Rankings and the Visibility of Quality Outcomes in the European Higher Education Area’ at Dublin Castle. This conference was a key higher education event of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
A new university ranking, set up with funding from the European Union, was launched under the Irish EU Presidency in Dublin on (30 January). The new 'multi-dimensional' listing marks a departure from traditional approaches to ranking university performance, most of which focus disproportionately on research excellence. Instead, it will rate universities according to a broader range of factors, in five separate areas: reputation for research, quality of teaching and learning, international orientation, success in knowledge transfer (such as partnerships with business and start-ups), and contribution to regional growth. Some 500 universities from Europe and across the world are expected to sign up to take part in the ranking and the first results will be published in early 2014.
Info Day on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), CampusFrance and the Tempus Programme - European Union House, Dawson Street, Dublin - Wednesday 30 January 2013
The Irish Research Council has announced its postgraduate and post doctoral scholarship funding for 2013 - 2014.
A new university ranking system, U-Multirank, was officially launched by the European Union (EU) in Dublin on Wednesday, bringing a new and broader approach to the assessment of universities throughout the world.
The Finnish Center for International Mobility (CIMO) has just released a commissioned study on the impact of intensive courses on internationalisation. It looks not only at how these intensive study courses affect the international strategies of Finnish higher education institutions but also at how they advance education development policies.
Minister Sean Sherlock TD, Minister for Research and Innovation addresses the European Parliament on Irish Presidency research priorities in Space and Research priorities.
Ireland's government expects consolidation to play a big role in creating a financially sustainable higher education system. As the sector pores over a new strategy document that will inform ministers, Matthew Reisz of the Times Higher Education considers the shape of things to come.
See The Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 January 2013
The US Department of Education (DOE) appears to be recognising that a globalised world requires its graduates to have truly global world views and has released, for the first time, an international strategy.
The Higher Education Authority has published "Completing the Landscape Process for Irish Higher Education" as part of the implementation of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030. The report outlines a possible future institutional framework of higher educations institutions in Ireland.
Every year thousands of students criss-cross the globe as part of international exchange programmes, but only a tiny percentage of them are students with disabilities. Within the Irish context, less than 1% of students with disabilities engage in student exchange programmes. Why is this? As part of my job at AHEAD, I have engaged with lots of students with disabilities on this issue and the overriding factor is fear, fuelled by a lack of information. “If I study abroad what support will I get? What if things go wrong?"