Participants at the second Ireland/Canada Higher Education in Transformation (HEIT) Symposium sign Memorandum of Agreement to create the Canada-Ireland Centre for Higher Education Policy and Practice.
Expanded international opportunities for student exchange and research collaboration with Canada are on the horizon following the signing of a new agreement by Technological University of Dublin Alliance members and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College (DC), two higher education institutions located in Ontario Canada.
UOIT and DC jointly hosted their counterparts from Ireland to explore new ways of improving all aspects of higher education – from curriculum and pedagogy to student experience supports at the recent Higher Education in Transformation Symposium.
The symposium led to robust discussion between academic leaders, as well as Canadian and Irish government officials. Among the speakers at HEIT was Jim Kelly, Ireland’s Ambassador to Canada.
Key topics of discussion at HEIT included:
- Creating new higher education programmes to meet 21st-century demands.
- Keeping up with rapid technological changes to ensure students receive a global and innovative education.
- Building on unique, hybrid third level relationships, such as the UOIT-DC example as well as the Technological University for Dublin Alliance.
According to Dr Mary Meaney, Project Leader for the Technological University for Dublin Alliance,
"The Alliance and Canadian partners signed an international Memorandum of Understanding to create the Canada-Ireland Centre for Higher Education Policy and Practice. The Centre will promote inter-institutional research collaborations, joint publications, joint conferences and international exchange opportunities for faculty, staff and students. The Centre’s activities will also focus on exploring new initiatives in higher education policy and practice in both countries."
"Changes in higher education aren’t confined to just Ireland and Europe, as part of our plans to become a globally engaged university we look forward to building on the links with our Canadian partners."