USI president Gary Redmond said the union was “gravely concerned” that third-level fees would be reintroduced “covertly” by increasing the existing €1,500 cap on the student services charge. (more from the Irish Times).
ANALYSIS: The Hunt Report calls for increased funding – but colleges are asked to be more efficient too, writes SEÁN FLYNN , Education Editor
THE LONG-AWAITED Hunt Report runs to over 200 pages and provides a comprehensive overview of the third-level system.
There is no Big Idea at its core and little that will surprise. The report draws freely – and sometimes at length – on earlier reports on higher education and the skills deficit. Its key finding – that a “persistently” underfunded system requires major additional supports – is an echo of the 2004 OECD report on higher education in Ireland. This also backed a quantum leap in funding and the return of student contribution through fees or loans. But it has never been implemented. (more)
Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Economist and Nobel Prize winner, says careful spending rather than wholesale cuts is the key to long-term economic health
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