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#Third Level

From Leaving Cert should be "blown up" Education

Leaving Cert should be "blown up"

Former head of UCD’s business schools adds his voice to criticism of ‘parrot-learning’ Leaving Certificate.

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Take 5: Wednesday

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From Education minister says the CAO system needs to change Education

Education minister says the CAO system needs to change

Ruairi Quinn says that radical new approaches and more complex entry routes to third level education are needed. He says it is a priority for his department.

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The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In today’s Fix: dog ownership could be outlawed in Iran; more drivers caught speeding; and Ukraine promised €550m to build Chernobyl reactor containment shell.

From Teachers' groups broadly welcome FF and Labour education plans Education

Teachers' groups broadly welcome FF and Labour education plans

But both the ASTI and the INTO say many of the proposals have been previously mooted and ask: Why haven’t they been implemented already?

From Take 5: Wednesday Take 5

Take 5: Wednesday

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From Government tensions over doubling of third-level registration fees Fees

Government tensions over doubling of third-level registration fees

Fianna Fáil reported to be considering raising registration fees by another €1,500, which the USI says will force more students out of education.

TANAISTE and Education Minister Mary Coughlan today ruled out a reintroduction of third-level fees.

The minister put the minds of leaving cert students at ease by saying fees would not be apart of the 2011 Budget.

The minister who is awaiting a report on the development of third-level education for the next 20 years. The report by Dr Colin Hunt was expected to be published in June will now not be published till the Autumn. It is expected that the report will advocate the return of fees.

However, Minister Coughlan has ruled out fees for the lifetime of the current government.

“No that is the government commitment, that is the programme for government” she told Newstalk

“Any decision in the future of 3rd-level education over the next 20 years will have to be considered by government”.

“This is a report that will bring a number of recommendations for the reform of 3rd-level education in this country” she added.

“CONFUSIONISM” is the ancient Chinese system of philosophical teaching and Galileo discovered AIDS – at least that’s what some third-level students wrote in their exams.

The Times Higher Education Supplement (THE) has published its annual list of exam howlers and it makes for interesting reading.

The competition asks academics to send in their favourite exam cock-ups.

One student in the University of Dundee said “Vagina Henderson” was one of the first modern nurses in the 20th century – the woman’s name was actually Virginia.

A journalism student wrote a piece on “complimentary” medicine, rather than complementary medicine. Her lecturer saw the bright side, however, saying: “I quite liked the idea of picking up a pill and it saying nice things to you to make you feel better.

She also appreciated a fashion article that described the subject’s sense of style as very “sheikh”.

Another student said Polari – a coded language spoke by gay men to disguise their sexuality – was an ancient language of the Inuit, while another wrote about “anus” crime, before the lecturer realised they had meant “heinous” crime.

Finally, one student of Warwick Business School signed an email off with the line “I am sorry if this caused you any incontinence” – oops!

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN may just be about to overtake Trinity in the World University Rankings.

The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), who publish the rankings are set to change the way in which they compile the lists. THES Editor Phil Baty says “we can expect some big-name institutions to take a hit in the new World University Rankings.”

Currently over 50% of the ranking is comprised of subjective opinion, rather than objective evidence. 40% is made up of the institution’s reputation among scholars and a further 10% is based on how employers perceive the institution’s graduates. This is set to change with 13 new indicators – reputation will make up only 20% of the ranking.

Trinity currently ranks at number 43 while UCD is at number 89 on the list. The gap may just be too big but there is an expectation that the THES list will change dramatically, when it is published in the Autumn.

Baty says “Big names with big reputations that lack world-class research output and influence to match will suffer in comparison with previous exercises. Conversely, unsung heroes have a better chance of recognition.”

Trinity academic Kevin O’Rourke is a little more cautious saying “I have no idea if Irish universities are going to do better or worse this autumn, but if they do worse, then people will need to remember that the ranking procedure has changed.”

The Top 200 World Universities in full.

USI, the Union of Students in Ireland is to highlight the problem of graduate emigration in Ireland tomorrow.

Dressed as various professionals, the group will protest at Irish famine ship, the Jeanie Johston in the IFSC tomorrow. The aim is to highlight the large number of graduates who have been forced to emigrate due to high unemployment  (13.3% in June).

Gary Redmond, USI President, said Ireland is losing the future drivers of the smart economy

“91,646 people under the age of 25 are unemployed,” he said.

“It is astonishing that this critical issue remains largely off the Government’s radar.

“USI is not prepared to stand idly by while this Government oversees the loss of yet another generation of young Irish men and women.”

Recent figures from the ESRI show that 120,000 are expected to leave Ireland over the next two years.

The USI said it was ironic the Jeanie Johnston famine ship is docked in the IFSC, which was once Ireland’s economic hub and a source of employment for many graduates.

The demonstration is at 10am tomorrow.

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