The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today (Monday 13th February) publishes a series of papers that set out a roadmap for implementing significant reform in Irish higher education, following on from the recommendations of National Strategy for Higher Education. A key objective of the measures, now published, 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.
A Working Group on the Student Contribution was formed in 2011 at the request of the Department of Education and Skills. The Report of the Working Group details the composition and the work of the group, the agreed reporting template for providing information on expenditure on student services and a revised framework of good practice in relation to student involvement in the consultation process on the expenditure on student services.
The guiding principle of the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation2 (SSTI) is that excellence in research and increased innovation in the enterprise sector can help accelerate Ireland’s economic restructuring and help us to get back on the path of sustainable growth. The Government has made a major commitment, through substantial public investment, in the SSTI with the result that we have made significant steps in establishing a strong research environment, based on building scientific excellence in a number of key strategic areas.