Statement from the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) following publication by the HEA of graduate earnings data
THEA welcomes the publication of this significant data analysis published by the Higher Education Authority. While it is valuable in its own right, it should be carefully considered alongside other data previously published by the HEA, including spatial and socio-economic profiles of higher education institutions, progression analysis, completion rates and results of the graduate outcomes survey. This data complements those studies and provides a greater context which allows us to understand more fully the economic value of higher education qualifications to graduates throughout Ireland.
The data shows that, when normalised for socio-economic profiles, the technological higher education sector graduates perform well alongside other graduates, despite the lower socio-economic profiles of students in general and the fact that many students have attained lower overall leaving certificate points. It is clear that the technological higher education sector is the driver of access to education for the most socially and economically challenged cohorts of students throughout Ireland and they should be recognised and financially supported in this.
Gearóid Hodgins, Director of Corporate Affairs with THEA stated: “The HEA’s analysis of CSO data, linking with data from higher education institutions, gives us invaluable detail to support an accurate picture of the profiles of our higher education institutions. The data should inform public policy and funding initiatives by governments in order to target funds to where they are most needed. The report points to the fact, for example, that certain areas, such as the northwest, would benefit greatly from inward investment in order to support high earning potential roles for graduates who wish to stay working and living in their home region following graduation.
The designation of our newest Technological University next week, the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands and Midwest, will enhance greatly the future prospects for graduates, while providing much needed stimulus to economic growth in the region”.
For more information, please contact:
Róisín O'Connell, Head of Communications, THEA: (087) 9193333 roisin.oconnell@THEA.ie