Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Top-10 uni' is out of our reach

Get some perspective

Sir -- Peter Sutherland is certainly ambitious for his Alma Mater and would like to see UCD and Trinity merge "to create a top-10 uni" (Sunday Independent, January 24, 2010). But at whose expense? Obviously at the expense of the other five regional universities.

The criteria for a small country like Ireland (population five million) to join the "top 10" is unrealistically high. Of the top 10 universities, six belong to the US (population 303 million) and four are in Britain (60 million).

One of the best things to happen in Ireland in the past 20 years has been the expansion of Irish regional universities and the setting up of the University of Limerick.

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