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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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The Technological Higher Education Association welcomes the publication, by the Department of Education and Skills of the Report of the Technological University Research Network

THEA welcomes affirmation from the Minister for Education Joe McHugh that Technological Universities are a core part of this Government’s plan to meet the forthcoming economic and societal challenges

With the welcome decision by Athlone and Limerick to work towards application we now have an emerging Technological University sector that has a footprint in every region

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2019 Irish Survey of Student Engagement - Results published today 24 October 2019

StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie have the power to improve the lived experience of current and future undergraduate and postgraduate students

More than 43,000 students took the surveys. Highlights include record participation in national StudentSurvey.ie and higher levels of engagement among international students in Ireland.

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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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Latest News

Nov 14

IT Carlow: IT Carlow Breaks New Ground with Launch of Ireland’s First Apprenticeship in Geo Drilling

The first ever Geo Drilling Apprenticeship Programme has been officially launched by Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English, TD

Nov 13


New exchange partnership will benefit students and staff on Early Childhood Education courses

Nov 13

LYIT: International Expert Panel at LYIT’s Green Day

Green Day will take place in LYIT on Thursday 28 November from 9.30am to 2.30pm and along with the extensive range of exhibitors, it will include a seminar hosting an international panel of experts

Nov 13

IT Carlow: Final preparations are afoot for IT Carlow’s Annual Open Day at the Carlow Campus, which takes place on Thursday from 10am to 2pm

Presentations will take place throughout the day on the various courses on offer at Institute of Technology Carlow.

Nov 13

DKIT: DkIT Music Student Announced as 2019 Michael Van Dessel Choral Conducting Scholar

Lee Harding from Balrath, Navan, Co. Meath has been announced as the 2019 recipient of the Michael Van Dessel Choral Conducting Scholar

Nov 13

DKIT: DkIT Open Day 2019 Attracts Largest Ever Crowd

More than 2,200 prospective students plus their families come to DkIT as part of its two-day open day celebrations

Nov 13

IADT: Frank Keane receives Honorary Fellow Award at IADT Conferring 2019

IADT were delighted to confer an IADT Fellowship on Frank Keane in recognition of his contribution to Irish business regionally, nationally and internationally

Nov 12

TU Dublin:TU Dublin Fine Art Lecturer at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Fine Art Lecturer at the TU Dublin School of Creative Arts, Jesse Jones, is currently exhibiting at the world-renowned and prestigious Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Nov 12

IT Carlow: Family Carers Ireland Partner With IT Carlow For Certificate In Family Caring

The course has been developed to provide family carers with the skills they need to care safely and confidently for a loved one at home

Nov 11


Linking WIT's ArcLabs research and innovation centre with Erie's Innovation District set to strengthen ArcLabs role in supporting south east startups

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