Higher Education Management and Policy

Frequency :
Annual
ISSN :
1726-9822 (online)
ISSN :
1682-3451 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/17269822
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Previously published as Higher Education Management, Higher Education Management and Policy (HEMP) is published three times each year and is edited by the OECD’s Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education. It covers the field through articles and reports on such issues as quality assurance, human resources, funding, and internationalisation. It also is a source of information on activities and events organised by OECD’s IMHE Programme.

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Emerging higher education strategy in Ireland

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Author(s):
Maria Hinfelaar
Publication Date
07 June 2012
Pages
1
Bibliographic information
No.:
1,
Volume:
24,
Issue:
1
Pages
1–16
DOI
10.1787/hemp-24-5k9bdtj6xz21

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In Ireland, policies destined to create a reconfigured binary higher education system are evolving; in the coming years institutes of technology may be redesignated as "technological universities" following a process of voluntary amalgamations and independent reviews against stringent criteria. This overhaul of the sector would satisfy institutions’ ambitions to have their status upgraded, and would underpin national policy to address fragmentation and sustainability issues. Drawing on international literature on mergers in higher education, this paper proposes a distinction between push and pull factors as the drivers for exploration and decision making. These two categories of drivers are reviewed in the context of Irish policy development and are applied to an example of a merger that was effected after the publication of the new National Strategy for Higher Education.