Speaking following the publication of the Times Higher Education top 100 university list, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD said that he was disappointed but not surprised that Ireland had failed to make the list for the fourth year running.
The Cork North Central TD said:
“10,536 academics are involved in the compilation of this list and although it isn’t a perfect measurement it’s a good indication of how our educational institutions are viewed.
“133 countries are included and we failed to make the top 100 institutions yet again.
“This is disappointing, but not at all surprising.
“We are constantly told by this government that we are punching above our weight for a small country but it simply isn’t true.
“Trinity College has fallen from the top 100 to 200th position over the number of years.
“It is a reflection of how the government views education in general – if you don’t invest in it, you cannot expect to have top ranked third level institutions.
“Funding has been cut to such an extent, class sizes were increased to make up the difference meaning that tutors and lecturers cannot devote the same time to individual students.
“We know that in order to attract high tech industry we need a world class university system.
“We currently don’t have this and the government are unwilling to make the investment needed to attain it.
“While this is an incredibly subjective analysis of where we are on the international field, it is important to note that perceptions play a role here and I would urge the government to take the results on board.”