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Irelands Higher Education ranks 16th in the world

Posted by Francis O' Toole on May 14, 2012

Ireland’s higher education system has been ranked 16th in the world despite criticism about under-funding and dwindling quality of services in third-level colleges.

In a table of 48 countries, the US, Sweden, and Canada emerged as having the best systems, using 20 measures of a range of factors. The ranking was compiled by Universitas 21, an international network of research universities.

Ireland’s ranking ahead of Germany, Israel, Japan, and several European countries is a boost to a third-level system many say is bursting at the seams from increasing student numbers, continuous cuts to funding, and falling staff levels.

The factors have been cited by higher education figures in response to falls in the placement of some Irish universities in other rankings. However, others have said the country does very well to have three or four colleges among the world’s top 300 or 400.

Higher Education Authority chief executive Tom Boland said the latest ranking was positive news for Ireland, hard-working colleges, their staff, and students. “The Universitas 21 approach, in looking at overall systems of higher education, demonstrates in a way which other ranking systems failed to do the great strengths of our higher education and research system.”

Niall Murray, The Irish Examiner,

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