02 October, 2017 - Minister Bruton and Minister Mitchell O’Connor Announce New Fund to Increase Collaboration with Global Universities

€500,000 available through new programme to promote collaboration between Ireland and our global partners

Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today launched ‘The International Academic Mobility Programme’. The new Programme, which will be managed by the Higher Education Authority will fund activities that lead to collaborative activity between Irish universities and global institutions in high potential markets.

A fund of €500,000 has been dedicated to the programme, giving an estimated 100-150 academics from universities, Institutes of Technology and colleges here in Ireland the opportunity to travel to and collaborate with key strategic partner institutions across the world.

It is open to teaching, technical, management and administrative personnel from eligible institutions to apply to the programme. The HEA will now run an open, competitive call for proposals with a view to making awards by the end of 2017.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD commented “I’m delighted to launch this new programme which will support more strategic collaboration between Irish universities and our global partners. Working closely with international institutions is key to the success of our higher education sector, especially in light of Brexit, and the other global challenges and uncertainties we face. This programme will be in addition to supports already available under the Erasmus+ initiative that facilitate, for example, student exchange and partnerships between higher education institutions”.

Minister Mitchell O’Connor was also delighted to point out that “This new Academic Mobility Programme is the latest in a number of strategic actions driven by my Department, in conjunction with the international education sector here, to implement the strategic vision set out in the Government’s International Education Strategy.  It follows on from the implementation of a trebling of the number of Government of Ireland Scholarships for international students, the introduction of a 24-month stayback permission scheme for post-graduate international students and the provision of greater supports by Government to assist with the diversification of international education markets.  This also further supports Ireland’s higher education sector as it prepares for the challenges and opportunities of Brexit.”

Notes for Editors

Examples of what this new Programme will fund -

  • An Irish academic (or a team of academics) spending time in an overseas university, working with academics from that organisation on a joint project.  This fund provides the travel and individual supports to facilitate this.
  • Development of new student exchange programmes between domestic and overseas universities.
  • Development and testing of innovative approaches to teaching, student supports, internationalisation of curricula etc. facilitated through joint discussions (between Irish and overseas universities)

 The successful proposals will be due for implementation between December 2017 and December 2018.  Deadline for submissions is 10th November 2017.

 Further details of the initiative are available on the HEA website at Government of Ireland Academic Mobility Programme Call 2017-18

Eligible Institutions: 

Awards may be made to public, private or not-for-profit higher education providers which have access to the Education in Ireland brand and belong to one of the following degree awarding categories:

  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI);
  • Institutes of Technology with delegated authority or full statutory authority to make awards;
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland;
  • The seven Irish Universities.

For example the institutions that could apply would include (but may not be limited to):

Universities

DCU

 

UCD

 

MU

 

NUIG

 

TCD

 

UCC

 

UL

Institute of Technology

ATHLONE IT

 

DUBLIN IT

 

CORK IT

 

DUNDALK IT

 

GALWAY MAYO IT

 

IADT

 

IT BLANCHARDSTOWN

 

IT CARLOW

 

IT SLIGO

 

IT TALLAGHT

 

IT TRALEE

 

LETTERKENNY IT

 

LIMERICK IT

 

WATERFORD IT

Colleges

Mary Immaculate College

 

National College of Art and Design

 

Royal College of Surgeons

 Private, Independent & Not for Profit Colleges

College of Computing Technology

 

Dublin Business School

 

Galway Business School

 

Griffith College

 

Hibernia College

 

IBAT College

 

ICD Business School

 

Independent College Dublin

 

National College of Ireland