Chairperson’s Message

Welcome to the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) website.

HECA is the nationally and internationally recognised association of independent, private higher education providers offering high quality programmes which meet current market needs in a flexible, innovative, cost effective and focused manner.

HECA was formed in 1991 and with its current 15 constituent members; College of Computing Technology, Dublin Business School, Galway Business School, Griffith College, Hibernia College, IICP Education and Training, Institute of Physical Therapy & Applied Sciences, Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS), Irish Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management, Open Training College, Setanta College, St. Nicholas Montessori College, Dorset College Dublin, National College of Ireland and SQT Training; provides higher education for approximately 21,000 students. This student body represents a significant percentage of all students attaining qualifications through private provision and as such HECA is one of the leading voices in independent, private higher education in Ireland today.

Higher education at a national level is part of a global system and to succeed within this global system we must be competitive and value for money is crucial. Knowledge-driven economies depend on the brainpower of their workforce, a strong knowledge base increases the competitiveness of our knowledge economy and facilitates and sustains growth. If Ireland is to compete internationally it is crucial that we increase access and participation. Private, independent provision plays a vital and unique role in this.

In these challenging economic and social times, HECA is committed to widening access to higher education through innovative high quality programming designed to meet the needs of diverse learner groups in a market focused way.

It is intended that this site is a source of information regarding our policy initiatives, current membership, upcoming events and past events, information of note pertaining to education and particularly to the private, independent sector in Ireland.

I hope that you find the website informative and helpful and we welcome your participation in our endeavours.

Professor Diarmuid Hegarty
Chairperson
Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA)