Ministers Frances Fitzgerald and Jan O’Sullivan announce major reforms of the international student sector. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Unsustainably low fees should have raised alarm with regulators

 Dermot O’Dwyer, managing director of Gill & Macmillan, has informed acadmic authors that is is ceasing to commission new third level and professional publications.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Firm says sector’s revenue potential no longer justifies the investment required

More than 2,000 international students were affected by the closure of a number of language schools earlier this year after visa irregularities were discovered. Pictured are students from Eden College: Patrick Kashanga, Malawi; Bruno Francio, Brazil; Neo Odirile, Botswana; Innocent Kwerani, Malawi; Eduardo Cardoso, Brazil. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Plan to regulate international education sector follows closure of schools for visa breaches

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: Delegations from the TUI and ASTI, the two unions representing second-level teachers, are meeting her  this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

300 principals likely to leave this year, raising fresh concerns over school leadership

Paul Rowe of Educate Together: says there  have been unexpected hold-ups due to “real estate” problems, including that many schools earmarked for transfer were owned by religious trusts or foundations

Just second school to be divested from religious patronage opens in Mayo today

The number of students studying a third language is declining year on year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Education consultation paper is aimed at creating a new languages strategy by 2015

The Competition Authority intervened over a school uniform issue at a Dublin school. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Manufacturer refused to supply uniforms to second retailer after competitor’s representations

Paranoid about androids? Serious thinkers are warning about the rise of artificial intelligence. Photograph: Carsten Koall/AFP/Getty Images

AI could lead to human extinction, says philosopher Nick Bostrom

Prof Philip Nolan, president of NUI Maynooth and chair of the Irish Universities Association’s task group on reform of university selection and entry

Chair of reform group says colleges are ‘trapped in internal competition’

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