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Access to the full stories behind the Irish Independent's STEAM supplement published 8th November in association with THEA

Read the how the technological higher education sector is driving growth in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.

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What is THEA?

The Technological Higher Education Association is the voice of the technological higher education sector, advocating on behalf of and supporting our members in achieving their aims and objectives. The technological higher education sector in Ireland comprises 11 Institutes of Technology and one Technological University. The sector offers a unique system of higher education, which allows students to progress from level 6 to level 10 of the National Framework of Qualifications. The Technological Higher Education Association is their representative body.

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Latest News

Oct 18

TUSE: Consortium welcomes €2m funding in support of Technological University of South East Ireland

Altogether €2m in dedicated funding has been allocated to take the project to the next stage of development.

Oct 18

AIT Welcomes €2 Million in Funding For AIT/LIT TU Consortium

This funding further endorses the Governments support for the new AIT/LIT consortium and the development a unique technological university for the Midlands and Mid – West

Oct 18

LYIT: Minister McHugh announces €2.5 million investment to progress LYIT university status

This funding will be shared with LYIT’s partners in two consortia, namely the Connacht Ulster Alliance and the Cross-border Further and High Education Alliance

Oct 18

IT Carlow: Carlow Higher Education Institutions welcome Ministers’ announcement

Carlow College St Patrick’s and Institute of Technology Carlow welcome the announcement today of funding for their collaborative consolidation project

Oct 16

IT Tralee: IT Tralee Awarded €1.5 Million For Research Collaboration On Driverless Vehicles

Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, at IT Tralee, will lead research collaboration on driverless vehicles

Oct 14

AIT: AIT wins National Hygiene Partnership Food Safety Award for Colleges for Second Consecutive Year

The award recognises the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Studies’ promotion of food hygiene excellence within its courses

Oct 11

LYIT: Minister for Education & Skills launches LYIT's new Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan shows the Institute’s commitment to the Northwest, regional engagement and, most importantly, the Institute’s student focus

Oct 11


GMIT, IT Sligo and LYIT (CUA partners) together will deliver EMPOWER programme

Oct 10

LYIT: New Entrant Sports Scholarships awarded at LYIT

Sixteen students receive New Entrant Sport Scholarships

Oct 10

CIT: CIT and Cork businesses celebrate first graduating class of manufacturing apprenticeship – Irish Medtech Association

The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group which represents the sector, celebrated first graduating class Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship (Level 6) with CIT, the HEA and SOlAS

Response to the publication by the Higher Education Authority of the spatial and socio-economic profiles of higher education institutions

Report has the potential to influence policy around funding of higher education in order to benefit the most socio-economically disadvantaged students

We would urge Government to use the evidence in this newly published Report, in particular the deprivation index scores, to ensure that public monies are targeted where they are most needed

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THEA and BEACON SFI Bioeconomy Research Centre enter into collaboration

An MoU signed by both parties, as part of National Bioeconomy Week, aims to create partnerships and opportunities for collaboration across the technological higher education sector.

This agreement will further develop Ireland’s bioeconomy through partnerships in research, development, innovation, education and training opportunities with a particular focus on regional development

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THEA welcomes announcement from AIT and LIT to seek Technological University status

New TU to have “regional focus with a national reach and an international outlook”

The TUs will offer a system of higher education which, through its distinctive academic learning environment, is designed to meet the employment and skills needs of Ireland’s regions

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Statement from Dr Joseph Ryan, Chief Executive THEA, Budget 2020

€90m Technological University Transformation Fund announced

Statement from Dr Joseph Ryan, Chief Executive THEA, Budget 2020

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Graduate Employability and Employment: the Technological Higher Education perspective - Dr Jim Murray

The provision of education and training programmes, relevant to the needs of employers, has long been the lifeblood of the institutions that comprise the technological higher education sector.

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Technological Higher Education Sector influences next phase of European funding programmes

Research and innovation leaders from the technological higher education sector had the opportunity to influence the next phase of European funding programmes which support collaboration in research

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