It has become unfashionable to speak of higher education as a public service, as vacuous business jargon infiltrates university life. Illustration: Thinkstock

With a widely recognised funding crisis, and the recent appointment of an expert working group on university financing, we face a decisive juncture(...)

The proposed design for the “model” UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland

University College Dublin (UCD) has agreed with the Chinese government to jointly operate a controversial new Confucius Institute on the Belfield camp(...)

Proposed design for the UCD Confucius Institute: the institutes are designed to promote Chinese language and culture

The brochure for UCD’s planned €7.4 million Confucius Institute could not be more enthusiastic. “A landmark modern building,” it reads. “Prominent lak(...)

While UCD had a disappointing slump in the latest Times Higher Education ranking, falling out of the world’s top 200 universities, it remains well placed in other league tables. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

UCD plans to review its curriculum to give a greater focus to internships and deepen collaborations with third-level institutions overseas as part of (...)

Minister for Eduction  Jan O’Sullivan: We have seen an increase in the number of Chinese students studying at graduate and postgraduate level in Ireland.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

One of the great Irish exports to China has been education, and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan was in China last week on a trade mis(...)

Phil Baty, rankings editor at Times Higher Education, said: “This is a real shock result for Ireland – not only has TCD fallen further away from the world top 100 list, but UCD has plummeted out of the top 200 altogether.” Photograph:  ThinkStock 1:31

UCD has fallen out of the world’s top 200 universities in a prestigious global league table, just three years after it dropped out of the top 100.The (...)

Students on UCD campus in Belfield . Photograph: Frank Miller/Irish Times

Allied Irish Banks is to partner University College Dublin in a new initiative aimed at translating scholarship into social and economic innovation.Th(...)

The latest QS rankings, one of the big three international league tables, shows Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s top university although it dropped from joint 61st place to joint 71st.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish universities lost some more ground to Asian competitors in the latest university rankings published today.The QS rankings, one of the big three (...)

Pictured at the Union of Students in Ireland pre-budget submission and education policy platform were:  Kieron Pierson, Sarah O’Shea, Tom Healy, Ciara Murnane, Patrick Maher and Luke Green. Photograph:  Conor McCabe.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called for student support levels to be maintained in its pre-budget submission and education policy for t(...)

Both Trinity College Dublin and UCD have jumped up considerably in the Shanghai rankings, one of the most prestigious international league tables for higher education institutions. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Both Trinity College Dublin and UCD have jumped up considerably in the Shanghai rankings, one of the most prestigious international league tables for (...)