Internationalisation - a driver of quality in Irish Higher Education - 11 December 2017
QQI held its third annual quality enhancement conference
for the higher education sector jointly with the Higher Education
Authority (HEA) in December 2017 at the Printworks, Dublin
In a joint statement QQI and HEA outlined that Ireland
has the ability to become a global hub for learning and research and that the
country should be ambitious in seeking to attract the brightest talent
from all over the world to study in Ireland.
The conference featured keynote addresses from
international and national speakers and showcased a number of national
initiatives in this area, through workshops and a poster session. Conference
delegates heard that over one in ten students in Irish institutions are from
overseas and that post-Brexit, Ireland will be in an even better place than now to
attract students, especially from Asia, who may wish to pursue their studies
and research in an English speaking institution.
The conference aimed to raise awareness of good practice
and encourage institutions to adopt a holistic approach to
internationalisation. The audience consisted of academics, students, government
departments and agencies and interested stakeholders.
Presentations from the
day can be viewed here.
English Language Education (ELE) Quality Enhancement Event - 22 November 2017
This is our second national English language conference, it focusses on fostering and supporting improvement and enhancement of quality ELE practice and the role of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). The theme for the 2017 event is Management of English Language Education (assessment, teaching and learning), the programme is available from this link.
Collaborative Provision in HE in Europe (QQI/ QAA) - 7 November 2017
QQI hosted a joint conference with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on the most recent evaluation of transnational provision between the UK and Ireland and collaborative provision around Europe, the EHEA in general.
The conference considered the broader framework (policy, agency involvement, national initiatives) for collaborative provision, with specific case studies from Ireland Spain, Austria and Germany. The Great Hall at Queen’s University provided a forum for discussion and an opportunity to seek clarity around some of the expectations and requirements of the countries involved in terms of collaborative transnational provision.
A brief overview of the conference, together with presentations and key messages from the event can be accessed here
Rethinking the Role of Qualifications – the Digitalisation Agenda - 24 October 2017
Creativity, entrepreneurship, learning-to-learn, digital competence and other skills and competences are emerging as more and more important for innovation, growth and participation in a digital society and economy. Quality and Qualifications Ireland is bringing together experts and an audience of enterprise, educationalists and policy-makers to consider how these new skills and competences can and should be defined, described, taught, acquired and recognised.
IQAVET Dissemination Seminar - March
IQAVET is the Irish National Reference Point for EQAVET, a European wide network to promote quality assurance in vocational education and training. The fourth IQAVET Network seminar took place in the Marker Hotel in Dublin on 8 March. Click here to find out more about this event.
Further Education Enhancement Seminar - April
QQI, in association with ETBI, hosted an enhancement seminar for the Education and Training Boards in April 2016to coincide with the introduction of the work QQI is doing with the ETBs on QA guidelines, validation policy and future institutional-level review. Click here for more information.
Pursuing Excellence in English Language Education - November
The inaugural QQI English Language Education Conference was designed to focus on fostering and supporting improvement and enhancement of quality ELE practiceand to stimulate interaction and sharing of ideas and practices across this diverse and dynamic sector nationally. Click here for more information.
Growing your vision for Higher Education - December
This seminar, was the second in our enhancement seminar series on sharing smart approaches between institutions. National and international speakers presented their experiences, leadership and institutional perspectives on the theme of ‘Using Data for Enhancement Purposes’ to over 200 delegates at Dublin Castle. Click here for more information.
Growing your vision for Higher Education - May
This seminar, the first in our enhancement seminars for higher education, explored the theme of Sharing smart approaches to optimising quality. Click here to view the presentations and seminar report.