Presentation on theme: "Maria Slowey Director of HERC Dublin City University Universities Association for Lifelong Learning Annual Conference Clare College University of Cambridge."— Presentation transcript:
Maria Slowey Director of HERC Dublin City University Universities Association for Lifelong Learning Annual Conference Clare College University of Cambridge 19-20 March 2012 HE for the social good: Funding and policy developments in Ireland
A uasail agus a chairde. Is pléisiúr íontach é a bheith libh Mo bhuíochas go dtí UALL agus an tOllamh Mary Stuart. Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath
Shape of the system Policy environment and focus Interpretations of lifelong learning Example of strategic initiative relevant to LL Role of higher education- esp universities?
Higher education providers Universities (7) Institutes of technology (16?) Specialist colleges (education, music etc) Growing private sector
2000 2005 2009 UNEMPLOYMENT BY LEVEL OF EDUCATION: Ireland 2000-2009
Maintaining (> enhancing) research and teaching quality Shape of the system Civic and regional engagement Partnership with public authorities, employers, NGOs Responding to lifelong learning agenda Resources Five current dominant issues for higher education in Ireland
National Strategy for Higher Education (2011) … the period of this strategy demands that Irelands higher education system become much more flexible in provision in both time and place, and that it facilitates transfer and progression through all levels of the system. There remain significant challenges in this area: successive reports have recognized the relatively poor performance of our system in the area of lifelong learning, while the requirement for upgrading and changing of employee skills and competencies is becoming ever greater.
… poor performance in lifelong learning and the inflexibility of higher education were among the strongest concerns to emerge through the consultations and the submissions received by the Strategy Group …
While there has been considerable expansion of higher education opportunities in recent years, this expansion has mainly been in the provision of full- time opportunities focused primarily on entrants from upper second-level education. Irish higher education students have the narrowest age-range across all OECD countries reflecting the current unresponsiveness of Irish higher education to the skills needs of adults in the population.
Changes to system funding and operation will be needed in order to: enable the institutions to respond to these needs by increasing the variety and diversity of their provision, and improvements in the interface between higher education and further education and training will be necessary to support enhanced progression opportunities. (DES 2011a:13)
A University is a place where enquiry is pushed forward and discoveries perfected and verified, and rashness rendered innocuous and error exposed by the collision of mind with mind and knowledge with knowledge
Are the universities to be allowed, and will they seek the space, the capacity the community of scholarship, the quiet moments of reflection necessary to challenge, for example, paradigms of the connection between economy and society, ethics and morality, democratic discourse and authoritarian imposition that have failed…or, drawing on their best moments of disputation and discourse, offer alternatives…? President M.D.Higgins 25/1/2011