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How Higher Education Works in Ireland

By Bernadette Farrell , Saturday 29th January, 13:02

Who’s in charge?

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  • Overall responsibility for education in Ireland lies with the Minister for Education and Science who is a member of the Government and responsible to the Dáil.
  • While the Irish education system is provided by a combination of State and private institutions it is substantially State-funded and State-regulated.
  • The Department has devolved a number of its responsibilities to a series of semi state bodies that specialize in certain aspect of higher education. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is over themajority of these.

Who provides courses/programs?

1. Universities
There are seven universities in Ireland the University of Dublin Trinity College, the University of Limerick, Dublin City University and the four universities of the National University of Ireland (NUI). The NUI colleges are: University College, Dublin; University College, Cork; National University of Ireland, Galway, and National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

2. Institutes of Technology & Other Institutions of Higher Learning
In addition to the universities, there are 13 Institutes of Technology which form the other element of the Irish higher education system. Spread regionally, the Institutes offer a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. With the exception of the Dublin Institute of Technology which awards its own degrees, the Institutes' awards are made by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council.

When does it happen?

The academic year runs predominantly from September to June, typically divided into two semesters.


For Further Information:

Department of Education and Science
www.education.ie
Higher Education Authority
www.hea.ie

Higher Education Institutions

Universities
Dublin City University
www.dcu.ie
National University of Ireland, Galway
www.nuig.ie
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
www.nuim.ie
Trinity College Dublin
www.tcd.ie
University College Cork
www.ucc.ie
University College Dublin
www.ucd.ie
University of Limerick
www.ul.ie

Institutes of Technology
Athlone Institute of Technology
www.ait.ie
Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
www.itb.ie
Dublin Institute of Technology
www.dit.ie
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
www.iadt.ie
Institute of Technology, Carlow
www.itcarlow.ie
Cork Institute of Technology
www.cit.ie
Dundalk Institute of Technology
www.dkit.ie

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
www.gmit.ie
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
www.lyit.ie
Limerick Institute of Technology
www.lit.ie
Institute of Technology, Sligo
www.itsligo.ie
Institute of Technology, Tallaght
www.ittallaght.ie
Institute of Technology, Tralee
www.itt.ie
Waterford Institute of Technology
www.wit.ie


Teacher Education Colleges
Coláiste Mhuire, Marino, Dublin
www.mie.ie
Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines, Dublin
www.cice.ie
Froebel College of Education, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
www.froebel.ie
St. Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo
www.stangelas.com
Mater Dei Institute of Education, Clonliffe Road, Dublin
www.materdei.ie
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
www.mic.ul.ie
St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin
www.spd.dcu.ie

Other Colleges
Tourism College, Killybegs
www.tck.ie
National College of Ireland, Dublin
www.ncirl.ie
National College of Art and Design, Dublin
www.ncad.ie
Pontifical University of Maynooth, Co. Kildare
www.maynoothcollege.ie
Tipperary Institute
www.tippinst.ie

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
www.rcsi.ie
Open University- Ireland
www.open-university.com/ireland

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