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Holders of senior positions in Irish higher education institutions answered a survey on the state of Irish higher education. Key strategic objectives, such as engagement with the skills agenda, cross institutional collaboration and the development of technological universities, have their support.
Respondents also support a bigger role for private providers and better balancing of the research, teaching and learning missions. Not surprisingly, funding is indicated as key weakness and regulation is seen as, you may guess, unnecessarily intrusive. Ironically, a lack of confidence in governance and management capacity in the sector is very high - the managers seem to distrust their counterparts.
In short, Irish research and higher education is strongly on board to continue its support for the society and economy but it requires some support in return, mainly funding and reform of governance and management structure.
Here are some figures: