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The funding of higher education is a key strategic issue facing the Irish economy and society. The implications of the lack of funding in higher education range from a growing shortage of skills in industrial sectors to affecting Ireland’s ability to attract foreign direct investment. The panel of high level speakers provided a range of perspectives on these issues, as well as analysing different models of funding. The models include; a predominantly state-funded system; increased state funding with continuing student fees; and increased state-funding with deferred payment of fees through income contingent loans. This conference aims to foster a more informed political and public debate on the issue.


About the Speakers:

Speakers included: Andrew Deeks, President of UCD; Danny McCoy, CEO at Ibec; Jim Miley, Director General of the Irish University Association; Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education; Ruairí Quinn, IIEA Chairperson and former Minister of Education; Kinga Szuly, Head of Higher Education Sector in DG Education and Culture, European Commission; Michael Kerrigan, President of USI; and Peter Cassells, Chair of the Expert Group on Future Funding of Higher Education