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UCD dean likes excellence hubs

The dean of UCD's business school has said Ireland needs to "make choices" about establishing centres of excellence if the country's universities are to stop their slide in the world rankings.

"The sense is that (universities) all get the same attention, when in fact if you want to be focused on excellence, we should make choices about excellence being in one place. . . say in the graduate context I think one business school or one university competing in that space," Professor Ciaran O hOgartaigh told the Herald.

"If the country is serious about having universities highly ranked, well then it's actually the society in general that needs to make that decision, and there are choices to be made about supporting one business school or one university more than another," he added.