New 'business-friendly' board at HEA

 

Sir, – The new board of the Higher Education Authority has been announced with Minister for Education Richard Bruton giving it more of a “business focus” with a number of board appointees coming from a business-friendly background (News, July 28th).

At first I thought this is yet another move by Mr Bruton to corporatise higher education – seeing it primarily as an economic tool and not as a instrument to transform society. But perhaps I’m being sceptical. Maybe the Government is about to appoint a broader range of people on various State and semi-State boards.

Imagine! How wonderful would it be to have an historian on the board of the Central Bank? An artist for Science Foundation Ireland? A physicist for IMMA? An environmentalist for Nama? I live in hope!

– Yours, etc,

Dr SHANE BERGIN

School of Education

University College Dublin.