The Irish Times – Thursday, Jul 12, 2012
SEÁN FLYNN, Education Editor
IN A poignant development, online preparation provider Hibernia College is to offer grade courses in computing and business in organisation with a University of London that is one of a world’s top-ranked universities.
Students will compensate €4,980 for a undergraduate grade courses that will be awarded by a University of London. The university has several basic colleges, including a London School of Economic and University College London.
The Hibernia beginning – that has already lerned 4,000 primary teachers – will exam a flourishing marketplace for private third-level preparation in a Republic.
Hibernia executive Seán Rowland says a arch advantage for students is that they can benefit a profitable grade from a top-ranked college but incurring accommodation, transport and other costs.
While a college hopes to enrol about 250 students in a initial year of a programme, some observers trust that tyro direct for a courses could boost dramatically over a subsequent 5 years.
More students could opt for some-more flexible, online courses as a tyro grant price for third-level colleges is set to arise to €3,000 by 2015.
There is also regard in some university circles that students here competence see grade courses charity by top-ranked general colleges as some-more appealing than those from underfunded Irish institutes.
The three-year grade programmes on offer include: a B.Sc in Creative Computing; a B.Sc in Computing and Information Systems; a B.Sc in Management and a B.Sc in Business. A one-year diploma march in government for graduates is also available.
Hibernia is also charity 20 scholarships on a grade programmes to sports people from Gaelic games, rugby, soccer and tennis in Ireland. Yesterday’s launch was attended by several distinguished sports stars including rugby general Tommy Bowe and Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan.
Hibernia, that recently distinguished a 10th anniversary, charges graduates about €9,000 for a postgraduate primary training course. Last year, it generated sum increase of tighten to €4 million; it is now a heading provider of primary teachers.
In a new courses, students will have entrance to a personal educational adviser, live online tutorials and an online collaborative space for operative with other students and tutors.
There will also be informal on-site tutorials via a nation to promote students who wish to sojourn during home.
The preference to concede Hibernia to yield primary clergyman training in 2003 unleashed a charge of criticism from a determined teacher-training colleges and their students who indicted Hibernia of delivering “yellow-pack” teachers.
In new years, Hibernia’s participation has turn most reduction argumentative amid clever feedback from propagandize principals about a peculiarity of Hibernia graduates.
The college has also allocated high-profile educational total to a board.
Its stream authority is Dr Don Thornhill, a former conduct of a Higher Education Authority.