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1 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 1 The Labour Market and Higher Education in Ireland 13 February 2007

2 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 2 Overview Context Contribution of higher education to economy Specific initiatives Challenges

3 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 3 Context Higher Education Indicators Consistent growth in demand for higher education: 20% % 2004 –2005/06 full-time enrolments: c. 135,000 –HE spend: 2007 University recurrent grant - 7.8m 2007 Institute of Technology recurrent grant - 5.4m 2006 Capital grant - 40m

4 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 4 Remarkable expansion of higher education

5 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 5 Educational profile of the Irish population

6 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 6 Structure of Higher Education in Ireland Universities Institutes of Technology Higher Education Authority

7 An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 7 Irelands average annual growth rate: 1995 – 2005: 7.4% 2000 – 2005: 5.18% GDP per capita: we rank 4th in the OECD (2004) Unemployment rate: 4.4%. In 1994 it was 15.7% Concerns: rising costs decreasing competitiveness Economic Profile Key Economic Statistics – Indicators of our economic development

8 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 8 Contribution of Higher Education to Economic Growth It is accepted that the quality of our educated young people has been at the heart of the economic success of the past 15 years....the single biggest contributor to our economic success has been the exceptional wealth of intellectual capital available to both indigenous and overseas visitors. Ireland has become synonymous with the quality of our graduates (Budget 2006: Financial Statement of the Minister for Finance). First Destinations of Graduates Report (FDR): »3% of 2004 graduates seeking employment in April 2005 »Over 60% of 2004 Level 6-7 graduates went on to further study

9 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 9 Specific Initiatives Institutes of Technology (IoTs) Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) »ICT Fund Enterprise Strategy Group FÁS / ESRI »Manpower Studies Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) National Development Plan

10 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 10 Expert Group on Future Skills Needs Establisment of Expert Group for Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) by Government in 1997 Studies the demand and supply for skills in business, industry and profession and puts forward recommendations for meeting skills needs Reports to both Enterprise and Employment and Education Ministries New places in IT Life Sciences Health Sector – Therapies, Pharmacy, Social Work and Nursing Teachers ICT Fund

11 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 11 Enterprise Strategy Group Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) established in 2003 Membership – education, business and Government representatives Implementation group formed – Enterprise Advisory Group (EAG) Higher education recommendations: Top decile Upskilling of workforce Curricular recommendations

12 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 12 National Development Plan (NDP) As well as providing the physical infrastructure to support progress, a major focus of the plan is on investment in education, science, technology and innovation. This remains the key to Irelands future development. Only a society that is committed to growth based on education, innovation and a spirit of enterprise can successfully meet its social and environmental challenges NDP 2007: introduction by Tánaiste Multiannual funding Capital and recurrent envelope NDP priorities: »lifelong learning »broadening access to higher education

13 Higher Education Authority An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas HEA 13 Future Challenges Increasing higher education attainment levels Upskilling the workforce New skills The role of higher education


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