Valuing arts graduates


Sir, – The recent Higher Education Authority graduate findings on employment and earnings of arts graduates should not be read as a further argument for the redundancy of arts education.

Rather it should be viewed as an indictment of the failure of the State to establish a broad economic base that values social and cultural development as well as profit.

The perpetual narrowing of our labour market and the related devaluing of a broad curriculum will only further place Irish society at the mercy of multinationals and financiers.

It is unfortunate that recent arts graduates (“Computer science graduates in demand, but arts earn least”, May 3rd) do not perceive a value in their own education as, now more than ever, Ireland needs them.

– Yours, etc,



Dublin 24.