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Third-level colleges urged to forge closer links-Irish Times

August 24, 2010 Leave a comment

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)