Ensuring that higher education institutions are equipped to meet future challenges is a key role of the HEA as statutory planning body for the higher education sector.
Providing teaching and facilitating learning are core roles of higher education institutions, and enhancing student-learning is a national priority.
The HEA commissions research and develops policy on the internationalisation of higher education.
Advancing gender equality in Irish higher education is a key system-level objective and national priority. With a statutory responsibility to promote the attainment of equality of opportunity in Irish higher education, the HEA established the Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality in 2019.
The HEA has responsibility for supporting quality outcomes across all activities of the higher education institutions.