Europe’s Budget Crisis hits Universities
St. Patrick’s college, Drumcondra, Ireland has been training teachers for more than 135 years, for the past two decades as an autonomous college of Dublin city university. However, in September it received a letter stating that it would become a much more integral part of the university. Proposed merges between teaching college and universities are part of a government plan to allow the Irish higher education system to educate more people better with less money. The Irish changes are part of a larger trend of cost-cutting and reorganization that has drawn student protests across the Continent, as European countries try to balance a largely socialized, affordable higher education system against budget constraints. Despite the weather conditions, several thousand students protested against tuition increases and divestment in higher education Wednesday in London, according to organizers. Students, who are among the first group to feel the brunt of cuts, have taken their frustration to the streets and campuses. The president of the Union of Students in Ireland was arrested when he refused to take his seat in the visitors’ gallery during a debate about college fees and grant at the Dail, the lower house of the Irish Parliament, The Irish Independent reported.
I think I any situation involving budget cuts is hard to adapt to. Funding depends on individual national and state budgets. The crisis has affected each place differently. Personally, I think that higher education is already costly as it is so why must we students be put at a disadvantages and have to cough up more money just to get an education.