Irish university rating fall disappointing but not surprising – Nolan
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has blamed government neglect for the fact that Irish universities have fallen in the international league tables.
Teachta Nolan said:
“The news today that all but one Irish University has fallen in the international league tables is disappointing and will be a blow to university staff who have been consistently trying to do more with less.
“While the news is disappointing it is not surprising given the ongoing lack of investment in the third level education sector.
“Since 2008, almost 2,000 staff have been taken out of the sector and funding has been reduced by 20% per student.
“The ongoing neglect of the third level sector by successive Governments has had a huge impact on the sector as students struggle to access one-on-one time with lecturers and facilities become increasingly overcrowded and under–resourced.
“Our demographics in terms of a growing student and graduate population places us at a competitive edge internationally and we must invest to ensure we take full advantage of this opportunity.
“Sinn Féin is calling for a substantial investment in the Higher Education system in October 2017 in order to ensure that our higher education system is in a position to maintain high quality educational outcomes and to compete in an international arena.”