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Pages: 4205-4214
Publication year: 2011
ISBN: 978-84-614-7423-3
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain

STUDENT PERSPECTIVES ON HOW HIGHER EDUCATION IN IRELAND CAN HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF THE IRISH ECONOMY

A. Conway1, N. O'Connor2

1Dublin Institute of Technology (IRELAND)
2Limerick Institute of Technology (IRELAND)
This paper will be in three parts; the first section will examine the current higher education situation in Ireland amid the global economic crisis and will review what should education’s contribution be to help alleviate the crisis. Through doing this both the state and the market, who have interests in the academy and their graduates produced, will become part of the review, as building stronger links with the academy and the economy to help raise skills, efficiency and productivity is becoming more important in ensuring global competitiveness and retaining equality and accessibility in the academy (see Gaffikin and Morrissey, 2003: 98). The second section will look at the merge of entrepreneurship and education. As the lifelong learning society is conceptualised largely in terms of maintaining a flexible and competitive economy in the knowledge society, the concept of an entrepreneurial society will be proposed to fill the gap which has emerged since the exit of many international companies for cheaper labour elsewhere. Within all levels of education entrepreneurship should be encouraged and embedded in the curricula from the earliest stages as a prevention rather than cure to the current economic crisis in Ireland. The final section will illustrate results garnered from research conducted on students during 2010 academic year to ascertain their perspective of HE’s role in this crisis.

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Gaffikin, F. and Morrissey, M. (2008) A new synergy for universities: Redefining academy as an engaged institution’. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 97-116. Accessed on 20/05/2009 from: http://esj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/3/1/97
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A. Conway, N. O'Connor (2011) STUDENT PERSPECTIVES ON HOW HIGHER EDUCATION IN IRELAND CAN HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF THE IRISH ECONOMY, INTED2011 Proceedings, pp. 4205-4214.
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