Sunday 21 January 2018

Colum Kenny: We must prepare graduates for 'knowledge society'

But our colleges are facing a crisis due to falling staff numbers and lack of funding, says Colum Kenny

SO WHERE are the jobs? And why send young people to college if there is no work for them when they graduate?

Last week's go-ahead for the first phase of the new Grangegorman Campus for the Dublin Institute of Technology is a boost for builders. But it comes at a time when the future shape of education and the real needs of students are uncertain.

In almost every walk of life, growing numbers of young Irish men and women are finding it hard to earn a living. At home or abroad, "proper jobs" are scarce. Unpaid work is common. The spectre of despair lurks in the shadows. Radical thinking is needed.

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