The Rationale

An article in today’s Irish Times supplment ‘Innovation’ has the title: ‘Fewer universities with one big brand leader known as the University of Ireland is in the wider national interest’

Sean Flynn, the journalist, writes: “Reducing the number of universities and building up one university to be a real global leader would transform the situation. It would give us a much better prospect of delivering new jobs and it would raise our international profile immeasurably.”

Flynn writes that a meeting two years ago between UCD , Trinity College and the Cowen adminstration attempted to bring this about:  “The logical step, they argued, was for a full merger of UCD and Trinity, pooling the best of both in a reshaped institution that would glide onto any list of the best universities in the world.”

They compromised with current UCD-TCD Innovation Alliance. But the rationale remains.

Read the article here.

For more about the Innovation Alliance.

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