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Ireland signs memorandum of understanding with China

Thursday, 29th March 2012 | 0 comments
Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Ireland-China science and innovation co-operation with Wan Gang, the Minister of Science and Technology in the People's Republic of China.

Higher Education Authority publishes National Strategy

Wednesday, 28th March 2012 | 0 comments
The HEA today (27th March 2012) launched its Strategic Plan 2012 – 2016. The plan was developed following a thorough consultation process with the HEA Board and Executive staff, the Department of Education and Skills and other stakeholders.

Salamanca goes green thanks to Erasmus Student

Wednesday, 14th March 2012 | 0 comments
On St Patrick's Day, the centre of the beautiful Spanish city of Salamanca will be bathed in green when the splendid Plaza Mayor (below) will be lit up for the occasion.  The initiative is thanks to Ben Finnegan, a student at NUI, Maynooth who is on an Erasmus mobility in the city at the moment.

Measuring Ireland's Progress - Statistical Report

Monday, 12th March 2012 | 0 comments
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has published "Measuring Ireland's Progress" a statistical report that provides an overall view of the economic, social and environment situation in Ireland. The indicators are generally presented in both a national time series and an international context, to permit benchmarking over time and across countries. Data are given for the other 26 EU member states and for six additional countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Croatia, Turkey and Macedonia) whenever data were available for them..

Rethinking Education: A Commission Communication

Monday, 12th March 2012 | 0 comments
Commission Communication:Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes The above communication was adopted by the European Commission on 20 November 2012. Rethinking Education aims to help Member States to deliver informed and evidence-based policies, clearly demonstrating how education must contribute to the drive for growth and jobs. It is an important contribution to the European Commission Annual Growth Survey. It sets out a number of policy priorities, focusing on the delivery of the right skills for employment, increasing the efficiency and inclusiveness of our education and training institutions, new approaches to funding and working collaboratively with relevant stakeholders.

Making higher education relevant can unleash growth

Friday, 9th March 2012 | 0 comments
Higher education has emerged as a major economic issue in many countries because of its importance in preparing young people for the job market. Yet it is often not seen as relevant to the needs of the economy, an International Finance Corporation conference heard in Dubai this week

Initiation of Reform of Irish Higher Education

Friday, 9th March 2012 | 0 comments
The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today (Monday 13th February) publishes a series of papers that set out a roadmap for implementing significant reform in Irish higher education, following on from the recommendations of National Strategy for Higher Education. A key objective of the measures, now published, is the creation of a more coherent system of higher education institutions, coordinated by the HEA to deliver the complementary range of institutions and academic programmes needed by individuals, society and the labour market. High levels of inter-institutional collaboration will be required so that specialisation at institutional level does not lead to diminished opportunities and choices for students at regional and national levels.

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