NUI Maynooth president, Professor Philip Nolan, has criticised higher education policy, which he said must not be driven by short-term economic needs.
Professor Nolan was speaking at the launch of NUI Maynooth's Strategic Plan by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, who also opened the university's new library building.
"The last thing we need in Irish higher education is a misdirected and ill-conceived shift in education and research policy to meet the immediate needs of the economy," Mr Nolan said.
"The students entering our universities now will work until 2060 and live until 2080. Our role is to ensure our graduates have intellectual skills and attributes that last a lifetime."