The IUA welcomes the statement by the Minister for Education, Mr. Batt O’Keefe TD, as reported in today’s Irish Times that he is concerned about the need to maintain a high standard of higher education. The universities share this view and are very concerned at the prospect of substantial cutbacks in Exchequer support for higher education and its implications for quality and equity of access. The IUA welcomes any indication on the Minister’s part that he is willing to examine how the sector is funded. It is important, however, that any such examination look at both government and private funding together and the appropriate balance between these elements. We look forward to exploring the Minister’s reported views with him in the near future.