The UK government has announced plans to tackle grade inflation after an unprecedented rise in first class degrees in the last decade.
DCU President Brian MacCraith has called for universities to operate in a more entrepreneurial manner, in an effort to make the funding of third level education a more sustainable model.
DCU has dropped 31 places in the world rankings of universities. Previously placed at 391st in the rankings, DCU now falls at 422nd.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called for an Irish third-level institution to join the new network of European universities currently being proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Third level institutions have been warned they could lose access to research funding if they fail to promote more women to senior positions in colleges.
Ninety-six students have dropped out of DCU so far this year and 40 people have also deferred their course for the year.
Four female lecturers in NUI Galway are supposedly under pressure to accept a settlement after a gender discrimination dispute.
Following Temporary Exclusion Last Year, Trinity Ranked 131st in World by Times Higher Education.