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.