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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    help drive the economic engine of the country been so threatened as is currently the case As organisations built on human capital our competitive advantage is being severely eroded through the Employment Control Framework and through other measures which severely impact upon the capacity of our academics to conduct applied research As part of nationally agreed productivity measures lecturers in institutes of technology work an extra two hours teaching per week the purpose being to cater for additional student numbers Yet with retiring and departing staff frequently not being replaced this scarcely amounts to extra productivity but rather a desperate sprint to stand still We can see the impact this is having on morale within our workforce Earlier this year a report published by the TUI and IFUT revealed that almost three quarters of academics believe that their working conditions have deteriorated Faculty are under pressure to teach more students and to work longer hours There is not enough time to devote to their research while the administrative burden continues to grow There is an irony that simultaneous with this diminution of working conditions in third level there is increasing attention in the media on the investments made by multinational employers to recruit and retain the best staff Should the gap between HEIs and private industry grow further in terms of working conditions I worry greatly about the capacity of the institutes of technology in particular to recruit staff with industry experience The ECF numbers have also led to a diminution of essential support services at the very time when student numbers are expanding The success of the access agenda in broadening the pool of people progressing to third level is certainly to be welcomed however the support services necessary to enable these students to continue and successfully complete their higher education programmes are simply not in place Sadly as is often the case the cuts in funding will most impact those who are least equipped to deal with the fallout I am talking specifically here of students who attend student counselling services at third level Over 10 000 students attended campus based counselling services in the academic year 2013 2014 in effect the largest psychologically based primary mental health care facility for young people in the country While the numbers of students attending such services has doubled since 2008 the ratio of staff to students has deteriorated from 1 3800 to 1 5000 According to the Irish Association of University and College Counsellors the number of complex and severe mental health issues such as psychosis severe depression and personality disorders presenting on campus continues to increase year on year Young people carry the burden of mental ill health International evidence has shown that three quarters of psychological disorders emerge before the age of 25 while mental disorders are now the leading cause of disability among young people aged 10 24 years around the world Sadly I m all too familiar with the plight of students in Athlone who find

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/news-archive/3527 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    Education Skills Jan O Sullivan TD of the new points scale to reflect the changes in the Leaving Certificate grade system The changes are being made jointly by the institutes of technology and the universities and will have effect from 2017 The Institutes of Technology have been working closely with the universities and the Department of Education Skills over a number of years to enhance the transition of students from second level to higher education IOTI believes the new Common Points Scale will be an important step forward not only in mitigating some of the undesirable effects of the points system on senior cycle education but also in reducing pressure on students Dr Derek O Byrne Registrar of Waterford IT said A great deal of thought and collaborative effort amongst stakeholders has gone into devising the new grading scale The pressure to achieve points in the Leaving Certificate undoubtedly drives student behaviour and has in the past resulted in learning practices that have not always facilitated a smooth transition to third level Today s announcement should impact behaviour in several positive ways Reducing the grading scale from 14 points to 8 at both Higher and Ordinary levels will allow more flexibility variety and innovation in Leaving Certificate assessments The new scheme will ease pressure on students who feel the need to use rote learning to make marginal gains in each exam and hence gain a few additional CAO points and it will minimise the random selection in the admission process by reducing the number of candidates achieving identical point scores It also brings the Leaving Certificate grading system closer to comparable examinations in Scotland England Wales Northern Ireland and Finland and the International Baccalaureate Dr O Byrne added the new system will encourage those students who wish to push themselves

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie//news-archive/3525 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    innovation activity across the Institutes Ontario Students Homecoming Study Programme Ireland Homecoming Study Programme About IHSP Programme Contact Us Developed in conjunction with Ext Joom com Archived News NEWS RELEASE Thursday 30th July 2015 Vietnam Ireland Bilateral Exchange Programme Vietnam Ireland Bilateral Exchange Programme To further develop the evolving education and research links between Ireland and Vietnam Irish Aid through the Irish Embassy in Hanoi is launching the Vietnam Ireland

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/news-archive/3524 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    new Institutes of Technology scholarship scheme for American students valued at 250 000 Minister for Education Skills announces new 250 000 300 000 Institutes of Technology Ireland scholarship scheme for American students Minister O Sullivan endorses the ambitious US Generation Study Abroad programme The Minister for Education and Skills Jan O Sullivan T D is delighted to announce a new Institutes of Technology Ireland scholarship scheme valued at 250 000 300 000 for American students to come to Ireland to further their studies The purpose of the scholarships is to support the US Generation Study Abroad programme and encourage American students to come to Ireland s Institutes of Technology The thirteen participating institutes of technology which are university level institutions have agreed to reduce tuition and registration fees for 100 scholarship recipients to 7 500 for two semesters 4 000 for one semester Speaking in Boston the Minister said With these scholarships we are delighted to show our support to the Generation Study Abroad programme Throughout Ireland s history our people have travelled abroad and have they benefited enormously from that experience In that adventure I think it s fair to say that no country in the world has been more generous than America in welcoming our people and that our two countries have a unique friendship I would suggest also that no city in the world has been more welcoming than Boston so it is entirely appropriate that I am announcing the scholarships in this great city Connectedness is now a critical success factor in many walks of life and that fact not only serves to strengthen the case for Generation America but it also re enforces President Kennedy s comments fifty years ago about the need for a declaration of interdependence Speaking on behalf of Institutes of Technology

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie//news-archive/3518 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    receberam 1 000 estudantes brasileiros em seus campi Com este programa os mesmos cobrirão os valores referentes à matricula e às taxas acadêmicas para 10 bolsistas e cada bolsistas receberá o equivalente a 5 000 para cobrir gastos relacionados à acomodação e outras despesas Segundo Jan O Sullivan contatos dentro dos institutos de tecnologia informaram que os bolsistas brasileiros que estudam Irlanda não só têm uma experiência educacional e cultural muito positiva eles também enriquecem nossos campi Eles fizem amizades que levarão para toda a vida e certamente representam um orgulho para suas famílias e para seu país Em nome da IOTI o CEO Gerry Murray relata que a opinião dos presidentes dos institutos de tecnologia em relação ao estudantes do Ciência sem Fronteiras tem sido unánime e não faltam elogios As dez bolsas oferecidas pelo IOTI apontam o forte desejo dos presidentes das instituições de reconhecer a contribuição destes estudantes ao seus institutos de encorajar que eles voltem à Irlanda e de construir parcerias e vínculos ainda mais fortes entre os dois países Durante visita ao Brasil esta semana a Dra Maria Hinfelaar presidente da Limerick Institute of Technology rasgou elogios aos bolsistas em seu instituto de tecnolgia Estamos muito satisfeitos com nossos estudantes brasileiros Eles estão inscritos em uma vasta gama de disciplinas biotecnologia farmacêuticos engenharia multimídia desenvolvimento de software automoção e controle entre outras São estudantes altamente motivados que também sabem como se divertir O presidente do Institute of technology in Sligo Prof Vincent Cunnane afirmou Nosso grupo de estudantes brasileiros são ótimos embaixadores para o Brasil Eles têm contribuido muito à vida estudantil nos nossos campi mas também estão envolvidos na vida da comunidade onde muitos deles têm participado de trabalhos voluntários Para mais informações acesse http www ioti ie news latest news PROGRAMA DE BOLSAS IOTI BRASIL MARCO 2015 OBJETIVO Com o sucesso do Programa Ciência sem Fronteiras na Irlanda o Programa de Bolsas IOTI Brasil IOTI Brazil Scholarship Scheme visa estreitar nossos laços com o Brasil DETALHES DO PROGRAMA As bolsas foram elaboradas para dar a oportunidade a estudantes brasileiros que já estiveram na Irlanda sob o programa Ciência sem Fronteiras de retornar ao país e fazer um Mestrado em um dos institutos de tecnologia membros do IOTI Um total de dez bolsas serão concedidas pelas instituições acolhedoras para estudantes iniciando o ano acadêmico em 2015 2016 ou 2016 2017 Os valores vão de 10 000 e 12 500 para os custos acadêmicos e uma contribuição significativa para os custos de vida do bolsistas no valor de 5 000 As bolsas estão disponíveis tanto para Mestrado Acadêmico como para Mestrado Profissional sujeito a disponibilidade de vagas Estudantes podem se inscrever em qualquer área de estudo Estudantes podem se inscrever para o Mestrado em qualquer um dos 13 institutos membros do IOTI independentemente de onde o bolsista tenha feito sua Graduação Sanduíche INSCRIÇÕES Cada um dos institutos de tecnologia emitirá um convite a seus ex bolsistas para que os mesmos se inscrevam e concorram a

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/news-archive/2921 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    Institutes of Technology scholarship scheme for Brazilian students valued at 150 000 Minister for Education Skills announces new 150 000 Institutes of Technology Ireland scholarship scheme for Brazilian students clique aqui para comunicado de imprensa português The Minister for Education and Skills Jan O Sullivan T D is delighted to announce a new Institutes of Technology Ireland scholarship scheme valued at 150 000 for ten Brazilian students to come and study further in Ireland The purpose of the scholarships is to build on the success of Brazil s Ciencia Sem Fronteiras Science without Borders programme by inviting Brazilian students to return to Ireland to undertake Masters programmes taught or research So far the Institutes of Technology have welcomed 1 000 Brazilian students to their campuses The participating institutes of technology will waive all tuition and registration fees for ten scholarship recipients and each recipient will also receive 5 000 towards their accommodation and living expenses The Minister said I know from contacts with the institutes of technology that the Brazilian students that have come here to study have not only had a wonderful educational and cultural experience with us but they have also enriched our campuses They have formed friendships with fellow students that will endure and they have been an absolute credit to their families and their country Speaking on behalf of Institutes of Technology Ireland CEO Gerry Murray said The Presidents of the Institutes of Technology have been unanimous in their praise of the Brazilian students that have come here under the Ciencia Sem Fronteiras programme The ten scholarships now being offered mark a strong desire of the Presidents to recognise the contribution made by the students encourage them to return and to build even stronger connections between the two countries During a visit to Brazil this week

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie//news-archive/3515 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    Ext Joom com Archived News NEWS RELEASE Monday 9th March 2015 Institutes of Technology Presidents say Student Fee May Have to Rise to 4 000 in 2016 to Sustain a Viable Higher Education Technological Sector Institutes of Technology Presidents say Student Fee May Have to Rise to 4 000 in 2016 to Sustain a Viable Higher Education Technological Sector The Chair of Institutes of Technology Ireland and President of Athlone IT Professor Ciaran Ó Catháin has welcomed the Tánaiste s recent statement about the need to invest further in higher education and IBEC s call this week for re investment in education Professor Ó Catháin said The Presidents of the country s Institutes of Technology believe that without immediate investment the student fee could rise to 4 000 in 2016 from its current level of 2 750 At the current level of funding higher education institutions are not sustainable Some have already had to take the stark choice to reduce student intake in certain STEM Science Technology Engineering Maths areas to protect the quality of the student experience Higher education current and capital funding has suffered in recent years due to declining Exchequer resources and the pressure for funding at

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/news-archive/3516 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Archived News
    Programme Ireland Homecoming Study Programme About IHSP Programme Contact Us Developed in conjunction with Ext Joom com Archived News NEWS RELEASE Thursday 27th March 2014 Institutes of Technology to visit Brazil Institutes of Technology to visit Brazil Representatives of the Institutes of Technology will visit Brazil in April to meet with Brazilian University representatives and students Special information sessions on studying in Ireland will be held for those students coming

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie//news-archive/3321 (2016-02-11)
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