Posted by TJE on October 22, 2004 at 23:45:56:
In Reply to: Re: GMIT rumblings... posted by Daz on October 22, 2004 at 22:24:47:
Funny you know I thought that the success of the Celtic Tiger was totally dependent on a highly educated population?
I think too that when they say 'highly educated' they mean possession of actual diplomas, degrees, and post-grad qualifications obtained by attending recognised courses - as opposed to merely attending Univeristy-of-Life.
Unfortunately, the only way you can get such qualifications is by becoming a student. Unfortunately more and more the jobs that are available for those without third level qualifications are moving to Eastern Europe and China - facts of life.
The article in the Connaught this week suggests that they are now intent on shutting down GMIT Castlebar campus more or less completely. Effectively that's what they are talking about - the whole thing bar the nursing course by the sound of it.
It's a disaster for the town and any future prospects of getting business to located anywhere within a 50-mile radius. It's a given that in the new knowledge economy you need third level institutions to provide R&D and qualified staff.
We heard about Waterford IT shutting down their music courses to save money recently. But this is quantitatively different as it's gutting the whole computer, technical and heritage (tourism). Shame on Galway HQ of GMIT. We always knew there was a certain jealousy (and astonishment) at the success of the Castlebar Campus. Now just as the Knowledge Economy comes to the fore the mandarins say 'Fu$k You Castlebar'. It's lunacy.
And those who are making snide comments about students further back up this thread should think before they post such ignorant comments. They're probably rubbing their hands in glee down Corribside because such comments play into their hands. Precisely what they are saying in Galway - that the populace of Castlebar will be glad to see the back of 'dem bluddy stoodents' and won't even notice that GMIT is gone from the town.
You really have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture and think about where future employment is going to come from in Castlebar. If Castlebar is to have any chance of grabbing a ride on the next wave of the so-called Celtic Tiger the course in GMIT and the R&D capability that college has in association with incoming businesses is surely a major asset to the town when trying to attract investment against even nearby towns like Ballina or Claremorris. Without it anyone out there without a third-level qualification can kiss your unqualified jobs goodbye to Poland or China where they'll work for a fifth of what you are getting per hour. All jobs are ultimately going to be dependent on a really strong knowledge base. GMIT is fundamental in this.
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