Ireland

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  • Membership in EQAR
    Ireland has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since August 2008.

    Read more: all Governmental Members of EQAR

  • General information on higher education

    Ireland’s higher education system is a binary system with universities and institutes of technology.

    The Universities Act, 1997 sets out the objects and functions of a university and the structure and role of governing authorities.

  • National external quality assurance requirements

    Depending on the type of higher education institution, providers in Ireland may have self-awarding powers, delegated awarding powers (after having been succesfully externally reviewed) and independent providers, whose programmes have to be accredited by an external quality assurance agency.

    • Programme validation
      Not required for eight universities together with the Dublin Institute of Technology and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, which have degree awarding powers i.e. the possibility to validate and award their own qualifications

    • Institutional reviews
      The aim of review is to provide an independent external review of the institution’s own internal quality assurance procedures.

    • Focused reviews
      may lead to withdrawal of approval of a QA procedures. The procedures is invoked if there are reasons for concern with a particular higher education provider.

    • Delegated authority to make awards
      will exempt education providers to undergo an external programme validation procedure.

  • Cross-border quality assurance

    In Ireland higher education institutions may not choose among EQAR-registered agencies.

    Read more: countries where higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency

  • European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes

    In Ireland the European Approach is available to higher education institutions under certain conditions.

    A number of eight universities together with the Dublin Institute of Technology and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland have self-awarding powers giving them the possibility to validate and award their own qualifications. They can employ the European Approach for the quality assurance of joint programmes. Providers with awarding powers delegated to them by QQI may also employ this approach.

    Read more: countries where the European Approach is available to higher education institutions

  • Further information

Registered agencies operating in Ireland