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Almost 40,000 students accepted places in Irish third level colleges and universities through the Central Applications Office (CAO) system in Autumn 2007, the highest number ever, according to figures prepared by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
A total of 39,915 students accepted a place through the CAO, up from 38,955 in 2006 and 36,625 five years ago. In addition, it should be noted that some mature or access students enter college through direct entry methods.
Members of Higher Education Authority
- Mr. John Hennessy, Chairman, Chairman Ericsson Ireland
- Dr. Bahram Bekhradnia, Head of the Higher Education Policy Institute, England
- Cllr. Brendan Byrne, Donegal County Council
- Dr. Mary Canning, former lead education specialist, World Bank
- Professor Maeve Conrick, Deputy Chair, Principal, UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies, University College Dublin
- Mr. Paddy Cosgrave, Dublin Web Summit
The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland. The HEA has wide advisory powers throughout the whole of the third-level education sector. In addition, it is the funding authority for the universities, institutes of technology and a number of designated higher education institutions.
The Mission Statement of the HEA is "To foster the development of a higher education sector which is accessible to all potential students and which is recognised internationally for the high quality of teaching, learning and research and which has the capacity to address the changing needs and challenges in our society".
The Principal Functions of the HEA are
- To further the development of higher education.
- To maintain a continuous review of the demand and need for higher education.
- To assist in the coordination of state investment in higher education and to prepare proposals for such investment.
- To allocate among universities, institutes of technology and the designated institutions the grants voted by the Oireachtas.
- To promote the attainment of equality of opportunity in higher education and democratisation of higher education.
Meetings of the Higher Education Authority members are normally held every second month. The Authority's Executive reports to it in regard to the administrative and advisory functions arising from:
a) Recurrent funding of the universities, institutes of technology and designated higer education and research institutions and the processing of annual budgets and estimates.
b) The Capital building and equipment programme for higher education and research institutions. The planning and provision of physical facilities, such as new buildings, capital equipment, adaptation of buildings and related matters, form part of this work.
c) Research into the needs of the country for higher education and the demand from students for higher education. Contact is maintained with a wide range of state agencies and the social partners with a view, amongst other matters, to promoting an appreciation of the value of higher education and research.
The HEA is also the Irish contact point for a number of EU programmes Lifelong learning programme previously refered to as Socrates ( Erasmus) and Tempus. The Higher Education Authority's support for scholarship and basic research is central in meeting the obligations and opportunities for the higher education system. in the past five years, the HEA's involvement in this area has grown to such an extent that the HEA is now the most significant source of support for third level research in the country.
Thanks to unprecedented levels of financial support from the Irish Government under the National Development Plan and other initiatives, the HEA is nurturing a prominent role for research in facilitating the generation and exploitation of new knowledge. Increasingly the higher education sector is becoming the key player underpinning the national innovation system. The HEA is committed to ensuring that this role is strengthened in the future.The HEA also oversees the budgeting, accounting and financial reporting of universities. It has issued a "framework for Financial management and Reporting for Irish Universities" based on best accounting practice and with a view to achieving consistency, comprehensive accounting and transparency across the sector. Apart from control of salaries, the universities have autonomy of operation within the overall budgetary framework.
Our most recent Accounts can be found here.
The HEA Framework for a Code of Business Conduct can be found here.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and HEA can be found here.
- University College Cork (UCC)
- University College Dublin (UCD)
- National University of Ireland (NUIG)
- National University of Ireland(NUIM)
- The University of Dublin (TCD)
- The University of Limerick (UL)
- Dublin City University (DCU)
- Athlone Institute of Technology
- Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
- Institute of Technology, Carlow
- Cork Institute of Technology
- Dundalk Institute of Technology
- Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
- Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
- Letterkenny Institute of Technology
- Limerick Institute of Technology
- Institute of Technology, Sligo
- Institute of Technology, Tallaght
- Institute of Technology, Tralee
- Waterford Institute of Technology
- Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI)
- National College of Art and Design (NCAD)
- Royal Irish Academy (RIA)
The HEA also funds