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The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) is an association of respected, independent, private providers of quality higher level education. The association was formed in 1991 to represent the interests of its member colleges and their students. HECA members currently provide higher education for approximately 21,000 students.
Current HECA membership comprises most of the major independent colleges in the country. Membership is restricted to colleges meeting and abiding by stringent academic and operating regulatory criteria. The association also acts as a support group to serve the common academic and commercial interests of its members. All HECA members must currently deliver a Level 7 degree suitably aligned with the Irish National Framework of Qualifications and must comply with a mandatory bonding requirement which is monitored annually. The chair of the association is rotated annually. Meetings are held monthly and are rotated through member college venues.
HECA colleges offer a wide range of higher-level courses which provide an impressive mix of disciplines and generic skills which are consciously aligned to labour market needs.
As one of the official voices of independent third and fourth level education, HECA represents the independent colleges on:
- Department of Education & Skills - High Level Group on International Education
- Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Consultative Forum
- Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) International Education Mark Code of Practice Advisory Group
- National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
- Higher Education Authority – Springboard Advisory Group
- Irish Higher Education Quality Network (IHEQN) www.iheqn.ie
- Enterprise Ireland/Education in Ireland – India Trusted Agents Group
Students applying to HECA colleges have an assurance that their courses, qualifications and learning experience will be of the highest quality. See also:HECA Quality Policy.
HECA holds an annual conference on higher education related topics which have included Quality Assurance, Education and the Law, and the Skilbeck Report.
HECA Annual Conference 2014 - Friday 11th April
Conference Videos coming soon!
Download Conference Programme (PDF file)
HECA Conference 2013 Videos & Downloads
2013 Conference detail and Programme
Welcome - Mr. Shane Ormsby, Director IBAT College, Vice-Chairperson HECA, Ms. Sara McDonnell, Exe Vice-President Hibernia College, Chairperson HECA
Opening Address - Dr. Ed Walsh, Founding President, University of Limerick
Keynote Address - Mr. Tom Boland, Chief Executive, Higher Education Authority
Keynote Address - Professor Thomas Mitchell, Provost Emeritus Trinity College Dublin, Director Hibernia College Topic: Ageing and the Life of the Mind
Keynote Address: Professor Sarah Moore, Associate Vice-President Academic, University of Limerick Topic: National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Third Level
Closing Address: Ms. Mary Sheridan, Provider Relations Manager, QQI
1. Michael Hallissy - Session 1A Online Tutorials - It's good to talk!
2. Oran Doherty and Sean Carlin - Session 2A Work-based Learning
3. Prof. Aine Hyland - Session 1B Entry Routes to Higher Education
4. Tony Donohoe - Session 2B Lifelong Learning and Labour-market activation
5. Sarah Moore - National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Third Level
2012 Conference Videos & Downloads
2011 Conference Videos & Downloads
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IICP Education and Training
Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences
Open Training College
College of Computer Training
Dublin Business School
IBAT College Dublin
The Online Sports College
St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland
Newpark Music Centre Blackrock Co. Dublin
Institute of Physical Therapy & Applied Sciences