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Access to the full stories behind the Irish Independent's STEM supplement published 28th November in association with Enterprise Ireland

Read the how the technological higher education sector is driving growth in science, technology, engineering 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 Association was formed by all of the institutes of technology formerly represented by Institutes of Technology Ireland joining with Dublin Institute of Technology to form a cohesive and single advocacy body that supports the sector as it moves toward a planned reform of the higher education system and including critically the creation of a series of Technological Universities.  Launched formally in April 2017, this dynamic family of institutions delivers a unique offering which allows students to progress from Level 6 to Level 10 of the National Framework of Qualifications.

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THEA Welcomes Regional Technology Cluster Fund Announcement

The 12 projects are spread across every region of Ireland, spanning nine Institutes of Technology (IoTs) and Technological University (TU) Dublin.

The clusters will enable IoTs and TUs to connect and engage with SMEs and multinational corporations in a strategic way on common areas of interest

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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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Jan 17

IT Sligo: Chair of IT Sligo welcomes new border clustering initiative support from Enterprise Ireland

IT Sligo along with Dundalk IT and Letterkenny IT are working to further develop the cross-border manufacturing cluster.

Jan 17


A study into how fitness apps can affect users, conducted by GMIT and NUIG has found the apps can lead to both positive and negative wellbeing outcomes, depending on the person’s social motivation for

Jan 16


LIT, Tipperary County Council, Tennis Ireland, Thurles Tennis Club and Tipperary GAA County Board have jointly welcomed the announcement that funding of €562,554 has been provided

Jan 16

IT Sligo: United Nations AI for Good Conference Comes to Ireland

The ‘AIforGood Global Visions’ conference will be held exclusively in Sligo from 25-27 March 2020, and will gather world-leading AI experts, innovators and policy makers

Jan 16


GMIT Mayo’s Department of Nursing and Health Sciences is pleased to announce a brand-new CAO course, the Bachelor of Arts in Community Development and Youth Work, which commences in September this yea

Jan 16


The BSc in Construction Site Management at WIT has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Third Level Course category of the prestigious Irish Construction Excellence Awards

Jan 16

IADT: IADT Energy Awareness Team launch Optimising Energy @ Work Campaign

IADT Energy Awareness Team launched the OPW sponsored, Optimising Energy@ Work Campaign in the Atrium Building on Tuesday 14th January

Jan 16

IADT: Unassembled - MA in Art + Research Collaboration exhibition

An exhibition by artists from IADT's Masters in Art + Research Collaboration curated by Julia Moustacchi opens at The LAB Gallery, Dublin

Jan 14

AIT: AIT Mechanical Engineering Students Developing Ireland’s First Electric Race Car

Students at AIT plan to build Ireland first electric race car by using an electric motor used in the development of the Tesla Roadster with a converted Jaguar X-type

Jan 13

AIT: AIT Leads Global Effort to Tackle Plastic Pollution and Develop Next Generation Materials

Developing a full plastics circularity has the potential to contribute to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, resource efficiency and job creation

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