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PROPOSED UCD/TCD MERGER
YAWN. This merger was proposed about 50 years ago. It resurrects itself every 15 years or so and then dies away. Expect similar announcements in 2062.
– The Field Marshal, politics.ie
I see the TCD/UCD merger story is still running, even if it did make sense, which it doesn’t, it would never happen.
Great to see HEA seeking recommendations that challenge common thinking in third level. Even if it is a TCD-UCD merger. – @gillse
Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin should merge. And so should DCU and various others. And why? In order to ensure “that institutes will be sufficiently large to be serious players in the global higher education community”. Oh, gee! – Ferdinand Von Prondzynski, universitydiary.wordpress.com
Could someone explain the logic of how a TCD-UCD merger is supposedly all that’s needed for Ireland to create one giant Ivy League rival? – @carolineamcevoy
This was started in the 1960s but was eventually killed. The furthest they got was to combine some individual departments, for example, both dental schools moved to Trinity, and the veterinary medicine and agricultural studies departments moved to UCD.
– Kwekubo, boards.ie
Why tie our national higher education strategy (hah) to an external metric which has changed in the last two years (to our “detriment”) and which will change again. If we truly want to improve our “ranking” then we have an in-country benchmark for others to attain.
Due to the nature of my modules, they take place in TCD even though they’re part of a UCD PhD programme. Did someone mention merger? – @bearaboi
Dublin doesn’t need four degree-awarding institutes or universities, especially for a city of only one million people. Time to merge UCD with Trinity, and DCU with DIT. – Ren84, politics.ie
Looks like report recommending merger of TCD and UCD prepared without meaningful consultation with UCD or TCD. Says it all, really. – @efdel
The report was “commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and carried out by an international panel of education experts”; what is an “education expert”? – 4horsemen, politics.ie
Merging universities will not somehow magic them into the top of the rankings. Instead arduous waste of time for the university staff. That the HEA believes these philistine bridge-to-nowhere schemes are worthwhile is stunning.
– Ziphius, broadsheet.ie
Really enjoyed having nearly all departments on one city-centre campus. Merger would ruin that. – @seanfw
Collaboration is important at third level, but I don’t see TCD or UCD supporting a merger. – @luke_kirwan