National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030
The higher education sector and the Irish government recognise that the evolution of higher education within a rapidly changing global environment demands a strong and dynamic policy formulation process that will allow the system to meet new challenges.
In February 2009, the then Minister for Education and Science, Mr Batt O’Keeffe, T.D. launched a new national strategy for higher education in Ireland under the Chairmanship of Dr. Colin Hunt, Managing Director of Macquarie Capital (Europe) Advisers.
As part of this process, in May 2009, the Strategy Group invited submissions under an open call, asking those submitting to identify the three most significant changes that they would wish to see made to Irish higher education and the barriers or obstacles which they would identify to the achievement of those objectives. The Strategy Group received and considered in excess of 100 submissions.
The National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 was announced in January 2011.This sets out a new vision for higher education in Ireland. In the decades ahead, higher education will play a central role in making Ireland a country recognised for innovation, competitive enterprise and continuing academic excellence; an attractive place to live and work with a quality of life, cultural vibrancy and inclusive social structures. At its heart, however, it will still be about people and higher education education institutions will have a strong engagement with individual students, communities, society and enterprise; will give students a sense of Irish place and identity; and will equip them with the skills to play a strong part on the world stage, while they will be the source of new ideas through excellent research.
Membership of the Strategy Group:
Dr Colin Hunt (Chair), Economist, Macquarie Capital Advisers
Dr John Hegarty, Provost Trinity College Dublin
Marion Coy, President, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Dick Lehane, former Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Manufacturing at the EMC Corporation
Paul Rellis, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland
Peter Cassells, Chair of the National Centre for Partnership Performance
Shane Kelly, President of USI
Michael Kelly, Chairman of Higher Education Authority
Dr Mary Canning, Former World Bank Education Specialist and Authority member, HEA
Brigid McManus, Secretary General, Department of Education and Science
Martin Shanagher, Assistant Secretary, Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment
Mary Doyle, Assistant Secretary, Department of An Taoiseach
Robert Watt, Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance
Professor Jussi Valimaa, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Professor John Casteen, President, University of Virginia
National Strategy for Higher Education 2030