Newman College Ireland Mar 19, 2014 19:51:08 GMT
Post by Young Ireland on Mar 19, 2014 19:51:08 GMT
This has been the talk of the town lately. Apparently, there is a group being spearheaded by Kathy Sinnott who want to set up a Catholic liberal arts college in Cork. They're looking for 3.5 million Memorares to help them at the moment. I certainly wish them well in this endeavour, though I'm not sure that setting up such a college will be easy. First, I think the market for such a college in Ireland is limited as only devout Catholics who wish to study liberal arts and who afford the probably onerous fees (though Sinnott did promise to offset some of this via scholarships.) Second, there is the question of authorisation from the local Bishop, which I presume (and am open to correction) would be necessary, especially given that we already have a Catholic liberal arts college in Limerick. Thirdly, third-level in this country is mostly affordable (for now), unllike the States where going to college is very expensive and thus it is more practical to go to a Catholic college there since you will have to fork out anyway. Fourthly, I don't think making the college residential is a good idea as it is an unnecessary expense, since Irish students usually rent apartments off campus, and the US room and board model will need to be eased in gently to avoid any culture shocks. Personally, I know I'm being a pessimist here, but the only way that this college will survive is if the fees are low enough to attract American students wanting to save money, while high enough to break even. What do other people here think?