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Does Ireland need a Minister for Higher Education and Research?

03 July 2015

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The Academy convened a workshop on the optimal governmental structure for higher education and research in Academy House on Friday 3 July. The purpose of this workshop was to investigate what is the most effective governmental structure for supporting the needs of Ireland’s higher education and research sectors.

The workshop offered a national and international perspective on the merits of the current and alternative governmental structures for higher education and research and posed the question ‘Does Ireland need a Minister for Higher Education and Research?’

Speakers included:

  • Professor Brigid Laffan, MRIA, Chair of the Royal Irish Academy Steering Group on Governmental  Structures for Higher Education and Research.

  • Professor Jo Ritzen, International Institute of Labour Studies and former Minister for Education (Netherlands) 

  • Mr Thomas Estermann, Director for Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, European University Association 

  • Mr Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (UK) and former Special Advisor to David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science 

  • Professor Pat Clancy, University College Dublin.

  • Cllr Mary Hanafin, former Minister for Education.

  • Mr Ned Costello, Irish Universities Association
     

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