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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
  • HEA’s National Survey of Employers’ views of Irish Further Education and Training and Higher Education outcomes
  • 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

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HECA Conference 2013 Videos & Downloads

2013 Conference detail and Programme

Welcome - Mr. Shane Ormsby, Director IBAT College Dublin, Vice-Chairperson HECA - Ms. Sara McDonnell, Executive Vice-President Hibernia College, Chairperson HECA
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
Opening Address - Dr. Ed Walsh, Founding President, University of Limerick


Keynote Address - Mr. Tom Boland, Chief Executive, Higher Education Authority
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 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
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
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

  College of Computer Training  ...  Dublin Business School  ...  Galway Business School  ...  Griffith College    ... Hibernia College  ...  IBAT College Dublin  ... IICP Education and Training  ... Institute of Physical Therapy & Applied Sciences  ... Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences  ... Irish Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management  ... Newpark Music Centre  ... Open Training College   ... Setanta College   ... St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland
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