Universities’ anger over plan for medical school

A proposed law that would allow the privately-run Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to call itself a university has sparked controversy, writes Katherine Donnelly for the Irish Independent.

The unusual legislative move would create a new breed of college that could use the university title outside the state but not at home. It has infuriated Irish universities, which warn that it could undermine the value of the title and the reputation of the sector internationally.

While the bill does not name the Royal College of Surgeons, the criteria set out in it for the new-style university are a tailor-made fit for the St Stephen’s Green College. The proposed new law is linked to moves to attract more international students to Ireland and concerns expressed by the RCSI that the term ‘college; does not attract the same attention as ‘university’.
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