Ireland’s future starts here – The Irish Times – Tue, Mar 23, 2010
John McHale’s post on the innovation agenda is below.
The article by the university heads s via the link above.
We welcome the extension of the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) to 2020. In a relatively short period of time, SSTI has established both the pipeline of graduates in advanced science, engineering and technology and the other components essential to the growth of a smart economy. We need now to display a fresh urgency and commitment to the RD and innovation agenda. Our international competitors appreciate these imperatives and so must we.
We welcome the implicit acknowledgement that our current funding model is no longer fit-for-purpose and of the need to develop revenue streams sufficient to sustain excellence in our higher education institutions (HEIs). This statement is a welcome contrast to some other pronouncements which have, despite internationally benchmarked evidence to the contrary, questioned investment in HEI-based research.
This last point is very important, and has received relatively lttle coverage. The third-level sector cannot perform as expected if the current substantial disinvestment continues. Fees are coming back in some way, shape or form. Perhaps not this year, but soon.