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Wednesday
12th October 2016
THEA welcomes budget announcement

THEA welcomes budget announcement

The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) welcomed the reversal of the long running cut backs to the sector in today's budget, and the promised introduction of a multi-annual funding model for higher and further education, which will allow for more coherent long term planning.

 

 “As the sector within higher education which particularly addresses the issues of access, participation and disadvantage, we also note the significance of the new measures to support disadvantaged students in higher education,” stated Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, Chair of the Council of THEA.

 

 “The technological sector has been central throughout its history in widening participation, in increasing access and in supporting flexible learning opportunities and progression. We are also central to the regional and national economic development project in ensuring an ongoing stream of employment-ready graduates, and in supporting innovation and product development through impact-focussed research. We look forward to working with the Department in ensuring the most effective targeting of any additional funds on each of these areas and also in contributing to the national deliberations on the Cassell's report.

 

 “In recent years the sector has managed to increase its enrollments and programmes against a backdrop of ongoing cutbacks and financial retrenchment. This could not be sustained indefinitely – hence the importance of today's announcements.”

 

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Note to editors

 

THEA is the representative body for 14 of Ireland’s Institutes of Technology, which are recognised as a major success story in Irish education. The Institutes of Technology operate a unique system in that they allow students to progress from two year (associate degree programmes) through primary degree to Masters and PhD.

Institutes of Technology awards are integrated with the highest award levels of the Irish National Qualification Framework which in turn is aligned to the Bologna Framework.They are to the forefront in ensuring that Ireland’s modern economy continues to have the requisite array of leading-edge skills demanded by our knowledge-based industries.

The Institutes provide programmes that reflect current and emerging knowledge and practices and promote self-management, critical analysis, decision making and entrepreneurship. They foster graduates ready to undertake roles, responsibilities and challenges in business, industry, the professions, public services and society