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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Colleges get 'could do better' report card

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

COULD do better. That was the clear message on Ireland's report card after a study published yesterday ranked our universities 16 among 48 countries -- although we do come out ahead of Germany, Israel and Japan.

US universities top the list, while Canada and Scandinavian countries dominate the top 10 national rankings. Great Britain, nabbed 10th position.

The Universitas 21 study -- carried out in 15 countries -- evaluates nations based on 20 factors across four categories: resources, environment, connectivity and output.

In terms of "environment", Ireland takes 22nd place.

We fare a little better under "connectivity", scraping 11th position just behind Sweden. This looks at how well the education system is 'connected' with society at large, and is linked internationally in education and research.

"Resources" looks at overall expenditure per student, expenditure as a percentage of GDP, and the amount spent on research and development per head of population. Ireland ranks 12 in this category.

Under "output", which considers factors such as the impact of research and unemployment rates among graduates, Ireland is ranked 17th.

The top 10, in rank order, are the US, Sweden, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, Australia, the Netherlands and the UK.

Irish Independent

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