Monthly Archives: June 2005

Fees & University Funding

In 1996, the same year that China announced it was introducing university fees, Ireland informed its electorate that fees would be abolished.  The decision was taken quickly because of the political exigencies of the day. There was no consultation: the universities learned of the decision through the media. No attempt was made to explain how the decision would make Ireland a better place, or why Ireland was abolishing university fees at a time when most other developed countries were heading in the opposite direction. But the electorate demanded no explanation; the middle classes and well-to-do welcomed the decision enthusiastically. Why … Continue reading...