Too many universities (in Ireland) – or too few? – The Irish Times – Wed, Jan 27, 2010
A quote from Peter Sutherland’s letter:
I am not of the opinion that Ireland has too many universities. My contention is that we cannot have seven world-class comprehensive universities with the full range of educational and research programmes.
Ireland may be better served by a small number of comprehensive research universities which can compete with the best in the world and a number of more specialised universities and other institutions which either focus on certain areas in which they have critical mass or which build on the profile of, and are critical to, the ongoing success of their region.
Now, who could argue with that? The USA has perhaps 100 universities of several thousand in this category – about 1 per 3 million of population. Two on an island of c. 5 (and a bit) million is not so very far from this ratio.