Section Committee member Ronnie Munck and TCD’s Brian Lucey argue in the Irish Independent for a deeper role for universities, beyond the short-term skills needs of business.
‘The dominant discourse in the media, business circles and even most university administrations is for the need for universities to orient more or less exclusively to “business needs”. This merges into the need for a more ‘enterprising’ university.
‘Both views seem to demonstrate a wilful ignorance of what a university does and what it can do. They are reductionist in the extreme, seeing the sector as having only one role – to provide training for the demands of the business sector that shouts loudest.’