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Implementation

July 2013: Initiation of Strategic Dialogue Process

As part of the ongoing reform envisaged under the National Strategy, the HEA is now initiating a process of strategic dialogue with the higher education institutions. For further details on this please see page relating to the Strategic Dialogue process.

May 2013: Publication of Report on System Reconfiguration

In May 2013, the HEA's Report to the Minister for Education and Skills on System Reconfiguration, Inter-Institutional Collaboration and System Governance in Irish Higher Education was published. This sets out the autonomous, diverse institutions that will comprise the Irish higher education system into the future, together with their key relationships in alliances, and in regional and thematic clusters. The Minister responded to the HEA's report in a letter, setting out his response to a number of key areas relating to system governance and configuration.

February 2012 - February 2013: Completing the Landscape Process for Irish Higher Education

Following the publication of Towards a Future Higher Education Landscape in February 2012, higher education institutions were invited to engage with the HEA in respect of their future position in the higher education landscape. Institutional responses to the Landscape consultation were received in Summer 2012 and subject to review. Institutional Responses to the Landscape Document and Achieving the Objectives of the National Strategy for Higher Education subsequently issued to all higher education institutions in November 2012, along with a report by the International Panel A Proposed Reconfiguration of the Irish System of Higher Education and a report by the ESRI A Study of Future Demand for Higher Education in Ireland.

Further consultations were then held with the higher education institutions in February 2013, informed by the publication of a further document, Completing the Landscape Process for Irish Higher Education.  This document brought together the various inputs, expert analyses and submissions, as well as providing an outline structure and potential reconfiguration options for a future higher education system.

February 2013:  Review of the Provision of Creative Arts Programmes in Dublin

In September 2012 the Higher Education Authority (HEA) appointed an international panel to review the provision of creative arts and media programmes in the Dublin region. The overall goal of the review was to consider the potential for enhanced collaboration and synergies between further and higher education providers of creative arts and media education in the Dublin region, addressing questions of institutional autonomy, governance and validation. This review of creative arts provision takes place in the context of a broader review of higher education in Ireland in order to assist the HEA in advising the Minister for Education and Skills on the implementation of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030.The final report was published in February 2013.

July 2012: Report of the International Review Panel on the Structure of Initial Teacher Education Provision in Ireland

In April 2012, following a request from the Minister for Education and Skills, an International Review Panel was established to advise on the structure of initial teacher education (ITE) provision in the State. The purpose of the review was to consider the structure of ITE provision in Ireland and to identify possible new structures based on a reconfiguration of existing programmes in order to strengthen the quality of teacher education. This review of the structure of initial teacher education provision takes place in the context of a broader review of higher education in Ireland in order to assist the HEA in advising the Minister for Education and Skills on the implementation of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030.The final report was published in July 2012.

January 2011 - February 2012: Towards a Higher Education Landscape

Following on from the recommendations of the National Strategy for Higher Education, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) published a series of papers that set out a roadmap for implementing significant reform in Irish higher education. A key objective of the measures is the creation of a more coherent system of higher education institutions, coordinated by the HEA, to deliver the complementary range of institutions and academic programmes needed by individuals, society and the labour market. High levels of inter-institutional collaboration will be required so that specialisation at institutional level does not lead to diminished opportunities and choices for students at regional and national levels.

The papers published include Towards a Future Higher Education Landscape which provides a basis for institutions to review their mission and how the institution would fit into the coherent system now being developed. This document also sets out the process and criteria for designation as a Technological University; and Guidelines on Regional Clusters, which sets out how clusters of institutions are to be formed to serve regional needs.

 

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