The Emergence of Technological Universities in Ireland

The Emergence of Technological Universities in Ireland

Technological University Dublin, in collaboration with the Higher Education Authority in Ireland, invites you to a one day Symposium, to celebrate the achievement of a key milestone in Irish Higher Education landscape reform. On 1st January 2019, nearly a decade after the National Strategy for Higher Education was adopted, TU Dublin was designated as the first Irish Technological University.

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Located at the centre of a European capital city and a global hub for technology, business and culture, and drawing on its 130 year tradition of leading technological education, research and engagement in Ireland, TU Dublin will have a pivotal role in future-proofing the Irish economy. Mobilising our universities to address sustainability and environmental challenges will change the mission of higher education in the coming decade and, as a new university with a distinctive mission, TU Dublin is poised to have a global impact.

Questions to be explored 

What are the key challenges facing European universities in these challenging times? Has addressing sustainability and environmental challenges become the fourth mission of our universities? A decade on, what now for landscape reforms in Irish higher education? How can we best match the strategic ambition of Technological Universities to the needs of Ireland’s highly globalised economy? What role will Technological Universities play in future-proofing our talent pipeline, research and innovation capacity? How will Technological Universities shape, and be shaped by, the distinctive characteristics of their regions? How will Irish Technological Universities organise themselves to get the best from their people? And crucially, what does a Technological University mean for the people it serves – for students; for industry and employers; and for wider society.

Who should attend?

 The symposium is aimed at senior leaders in Irish higher education including academics, professional services, policy makers, student leaders and researchers, along with employers and other stakeholders interested in the reform of the higher education landscape in Ireland. More widely, it should also be of interest to relevant officials working in government departments and state agencies in areas such as social policy and equality, social innovation, labour market participation, education and skills

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