The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has published a detailed set of profiles of Ireland’s universities, institutes and colleges, which include a breakdown of enrolments, disciplinary mix, participation levels, internationalisation, research and knowledge transfer performance, staff profiles and institutional funding. The document will give a very transparent picture of Irish higher education today and will be updated annually. It is designed to support higher education institutions in their strategic performance management in order to maximise the contribution of each both to the formation of a coherent higher education system and to national development. It will also be of benefit to students, parents, guidance counsellors, business and academia as a reference guide to the performance of Irish higher education.
The report highlights how different institutions have different strengths and will also allow for the monitoring of trends in higher education provision in terms of student numbers, fields of study, participation, and the financial and human resource-base for the sector.
According to HEA Chief Executive, Tom Boland,
“Rather than reflecting any desire to instigate a ranking system, this report signals the HEA’s intention to work in partnership with all higher education institutions to ensure that the system as a whole advances the national priorities set out by the government— economic renewal, social cohesion and cultural development, public sector
reform, and for the restoration and enhancement of ireland’s international reputation. As a small country, we need to play to our strengths, and to collaborate in order to compete on the global stage. We intend to make this the best small country in the world in which to engage in learning and research.”