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O’Brien questions logic of pushing RCSI Bill when IT mergers are stalling

11 February, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien questioned the logic of the Minister for Education and introducing a Bill to allow colleges to market themselves as a university when the IT merger processes are stalling.

The Cork North Central TD said during the debate on the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014:

“We are in favour of education reform, and we are in favour of making higher education in this state more accessible and more attractive to students from overseas. However this Bill is a missed opportunity and it is not the correct way forward for “internationalisation” policies.

“RCSI are, without a doubt, the only institution that will qualify to advertise themselves as university due to the rule that they must have at least 40% international students under the provisions of this Bill. Institutes of Technology will certainly not have an opportunity to do this.

“This is not to mention the fact that RCSI have huge questions to answer regarding their connections to Bahrain.

“It is questionable logic to allowing a higher education institute to call itself a university outside of the State but not within it.”

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