French Erasmus student Bruno Passard (seen left with Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague, Kate Shanahan, Lecturer School of Media DIT and Helene McElroy lecturer in French and Erasmus co-ordinator DIT) from Lannion IUT Brittany was among a short list of 10 nominees for the inaugural Lord Mayor of Dublin's International Student Prize. The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) student was selected for his work on Clic News - a news website aimed at primary school children in disadvantaged areas of Dublin city. The site is a joint project between DIT's school of Media and the Community Links programme at DIT. Bruno is one of six Erasmus students currently working on the site as part of the 2nd year B.A Journalism web-based journalism course. Unlike other class projects the students have to work news shifts seven days a week, carry out school visits, and continue working on the site over weekends, bank holidays and vacation times.
Education in Ireland has announced the appointment of leading Irish cricketer Kevin O’Brien to help promote Ireland as a destination for world-class education to young Indian students.
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou has told Member States that they need to urgently modernise their higher education systems and remove barriers to a fully functioning European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in response to the crisis and rising youth unemployment. Speaking ahead of the two-yearly meeting of higher education ministers in Bucharest (Romania), in the framework of the Bologna Process, Commissioner Vassiliou underlined that action is essential to help drive jobs and growth in Europe.
UK Government Report calls for national strategy on outward student mobility
Minister Ruairi Quinn and Minister Ciaran Cannon will jointly launch Springboard 2012 on Monday 21 May at a press briefing, in the offices of the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed (INOU). The HEA and INOU are working in partnership to provide a freephone guidance line for prospective Springboard students. www.springboardcourses.ie and the guidance line [Freephone 1800 303523] will both go live on 21 May, to coincide with the national launch.
A new atlas of scientific people and places has named Ireland’s 7 scientific wonders. The ‘Atlas of Ingenious Ireland’ is an interactive online map designed to highlight local and national sites of scientific interest around the country and is part of the Dublin City of Science 2012 programme.
See article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 May 2012
1) Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience in Karlsruhe / Germany
WORDS ON THE STREET: LITERATURE NIGHT 2012Wednesday 16 MayFirst reading at 6.30pm then every 30 minutes until 9pm
Ireland has grown its participation by 18% in the period 2010/11 compared to 2009/10 - the fourth highest growth rate among participating countries. The countries with the highest increases were Croatia +131.9%, Liechtenstein + 52% and Cyrpus + 22.2%. But when added together the total number of students comes to 847 compared to Ireland's 2511.
The Commission has published a Call for proposals for pilot projects for the development of Sector Skills Alliances. All details can be found online at this weblink
Conference on the 25th anniversary of the Erasmus programme
The 5th Annual Erasmus Lecture will be delivered by acclaimed film maker and Chancellor of the Open University, Lord David Puttnam (below). Lord Puttnam has spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D'Or at Cannes.
Minister responsible for higher education in the 47 countries of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) met in Bucharest on 26-27 April 2012 and agreed the following
The main findings of Cedefop’s latest skill demand and supply forecast for the European Union (1) (EU) for 2010-20, indicate that although further economic troubles will affect the projected number of job opportunities, the major trends, including a shift to more skill-intensive jobs and more jobs in services, will continue.