New year, and a new life beckons. But this post-Christmas period means competing demands for attention from Leaving Cert students and their parents. T(...)

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(...)

Relative degrees: Catherine and Sophie O’Sullivan, and Mary O’Donnell

As the university conferring season got into full swing this month, there was a special celebration for Sophie O’Sullivan, who followed in the footste(...)

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

The chair of a universities’ task force on reforming admissions procedures for third level has admitted colleges have been artificially inflating poi(...)

The third-level institution, which will be known as Maynooth University from September 1st under a rebranding exercise, is seeking to reverse a trend across the sector of forcing school-leavers into narrow college entry routes. Photograph:  Frank Miller

NUI Maynooth is planning a radical shake up of its curriculum which will see up to two-thirds of its entry courses being phased out to allow undergrad(...)

Spoilt for choice: The confusing state of our college application system causes many students to select programmes which they drop out of in first year. Getty/Digital Vision

Let’s be honest, there are only about 14 professions. So how did we get to a situation where students face choosing between 1,400 CAO courses each yea(...)

A discussion paper by the Irish Universities Association has also proposed to offer bonus points to students who excel in subjects directly related to their college courses, and an end to the Irish language requirement for courses taught through English at NUI colleges. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A universities’ working group on reforming the college entry system has proposed allocating compensatory points for students who score below the exist(...)

It is the first time DIT has made the top 100 list, which features two other Irish institutions: Dublin City University, which has slipped from joint 84th place last year to joint 92nd, and NUI Maynooth, which has risen from 74th to joint 67th.  Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Dublin Insititute of Technology has been named as one of the world’s top 100 higher education institutions under the age of 50.The college, which is i(...)

Law enforcement agencies in western democracies have always had the power to collect data from companies in their jurisdiction if a legal case could be made. It’s just the last part that got lost

Edward Snowden’s revelations about the mass electronic surveillance programme by the US National Security Agency (NSA) have impacted on the ado(...)

Ruairí Quinn TD Minister for Education and Skills When we talk about the funding of higher education, the discussion often immediately narrows(...)