Merger Mania

Throw a stone out the window and you’ll hit an international expert advocating mergers, consolidations etc. Somewhere in there, the words ‘critical mass’ and ‘world class’ will be mentioned. Of course, the mechanism by which the new agglomerated institutions reach a state of excellence is unclear. Conveniently for the expert, details are not given. That’s why when I read about the latest report on restructuring of the education sector, I just shook my head. Meanwhile, I’ve just started my Bioprocess Engineering Principles module and find myself having to teach Junior Cert algebra. Now, how would a merger fix that?

There are an awful lot of policy makers who are too far removed from the coal face and really need to be sent back to teach First Year for a while.


About Greg Foley

A lecturer in Biotechnology in Dublin City University for more than 25 years. Trained as a Chemical Engineer in UCD (BE and PhD) and Cornell (MS). Does research on analysis and design of membrane filtration systems.
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