Intel Ireland Host an Open Forum on the Need for Transformation in the Irish System of Secondary Education


Intel Ireland and its General Manger Jim OHara will host an Open Forum dedicated to the issue of transformation in the Irish system of secondary education, on July 8th 2010 at 9am in the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin.

Jim OHara acknowledges that education, especially at the secondary level, has many stakeholders, and that the objective of the Open Forum is to bring together as many interested parties as possible and have an honest exchange of ideas on how the system can be improved and what needs to be done for our education system to better suit the needs of Ireland in the 21st century. He expressed his hope that the forum would start a multi-stakeholder debate and be a sounding board for education transformation ideas, which can lead to joint initiatives with a view to reforming of the Irish system of secondary education.

The event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Martina Roth, Intel’s Director for Global Education Strategy, Research and Policy and a Member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education. Dr. Roth will bring a global perspective to the importance of systemic transformation of education to foster innovation and economic growth.

The second part of the forum is organised in the form of a panel discussion with the audience moderated by Mark Little. The panel will include: Jim OHara – General Manager, Intel Ireland; Paul O’Riordan – Country Leader, Oracle Ireland; Processor Ferdinand von Prondzynski – President, DCU and Bernie Ruane – President, Teachers’ Union of Ireland. The panel will exchange their views and ideas with the audience on the issue of systemic change in the Irish system of secondary education and how best to meet the current and anticipated future needs of the country.

Jim OHara said; “Our kids are our future. How we educate them and how we prepare them for independent lives and future careers will determine the socio-economic prospects of this country”.

Emphasising that times have changed and transformations in the landscape of the global economy make education all the more relevant, and not just for any one specific sector but for the future of the country’s competiveness as a whole, Mr. OHara stated; “If we are serious about Ireland establishing itself as a globally recognised, effective, knowledge economy, then we must focus on the factors that will help to achieve and sustain this status. Education, along with R&D, digital infrastructure and underpinned by good Government policy, is one of the crucial pillars of a knowledge economy and as such deserves our full attention”.

As a businessman, who is concerned about Ireland’s future, Mr. OHara offers Intel’s vision for excellence in education and a path to competitiveness in the 21st century. The model is premised on moving from a content based to a skills based learning model. Jim OHara said; “A smart economy demands that today’s students are equipped with 21st century skills, such as problem solving, design, innovation, communications, and creativity.” This transformation from content to skills based learning is based on achieving improvement in four key elements: Curriculum, Teacher Development, Infrastructure and Evaluation.

The organisers of the event intend to issue a document with the proceedings of the Forum to be forwarded to all the stakeholders and interested parties. Jim OHara said; “I hope it will serve as useful source of ideas and a foundation for any future initiatives”.

Jim OHara, General Manager, Intel Ireland, is available for comment or interview

Notes to Editor

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  • Intel Ireland has operated in Ireland since 1989 and employs over 4,000 people at its Leixlip, Co. Kildare campus and a further 200 people at Intel Communications Europe located in Shannon, Co. Clare

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