I’ll leave it to others to fillet Conor Lenihan’s bizarre article in Village magazine, especially those who are more familiar with the university ranking algorithms. Instead I’ll focus on these sentences only:
“International students are good for the economy, in the money that they bring, but most importantly in terms of the ongoing quality outcomes from the universities.”
“Foreign students, because of the money they spend, put extra pressure on the academic faculty to perform.”
First sentence: Is there any evidence, anywhere, that international students, in particular, bring anything special to the party “in terms of ongoing quality outcomes”?
Second sentence: Is there any evidence, anywhere, that faculty performance is enhanced, in any way, by simply having foreign students in the class, or even in the lab.
If the evidence is there to support Conor Lenihan, then so be it. If not, then, as his former political boss would have said, he’s just a waffler.