August 18, 2011

Obstacles to Cross-Border Undergraduate Education study launched

Pictured at the launch of the Joint Business Council/EURES "Study of obstacles to cross-border undergraduate education" on 18 August 2011 in the Hilton Hotel, Belfast were Hugh Crossey, Chairman, IBEC-CBI Joint Business Council; Paula O'Dwyer, Projects Manager, IBEC-CBI Joint Business Council; Andy Pollak, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies and Joe Lavery, Coordinator, EURES.
Pictured at the launch of the Joint Business Council/EURES "Study of obstacles to cross-border undergraduate education" on 18 August 2011 in the Hilton Hotel, Belfast were Hugh Crossey, Chairman, IBEC-CBI Joint Business Council; Paula O'Dwyer, Projects Manager, IBEC-CBI Joint Business Council; Andy Pollak, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies and Joe Lavery, Coordinator, EURES.

This study, by CCBS director Andy Pollak, was commissioned and sponsored by the IBEC-CBI Joint Business Council and the EURES Cross-Border Partnership. It examines past and present levels of undergraduate mobility between the two Irish jurisdictions;  outlines the main obstacles to that mobility (lack of information about universities in the other jurisdiction, changes in the ‘equivalences’ between A Level and Leaving Certificate grades, growing differences in tuition fees etc); outlines the probable impact of rapidly increasing UK tuition fees;  and makes a series of recommendations to government departments, the Higher Education Authority, the universities and the institutes of technology.

The report was launched in  Belfast by Hugh Crossey, Chair of the Joint Business Council and Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (NI).

Download a copy of the report.

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