IRELAND: University defends fee for five-star ratingIrish Examiner.
University College Cork and the University of Limerick were the only two Irish colleges to undergo the QS Stars evaluation, a new international benchmarking tool by the same firm that undertakes one of the world's most prestigious university rankings.
Cork paid almost EUR22,000 (US$30,200) for its evaluation, which includes a EUR7,035 audit fee and three annual licence fees of EUR4,893. It was awarded five-star status, which it can use for marketing purposes for the next three years. About 3,000 international students from more than 100 countries earn the college approximately EUR19 million a year.
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