Welcome to HECA

The association of respected independent, private providers of quality higher level education.
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About HECA

HECA was formed in 1991 to represent the interests of its member colleges. Current HECA membership comprises most of the major independent colleges in Ireland.
Our plans are strategically aligned to the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030. HECA member Colleges are developing innovative programme development and delivery practices with a particular emphasis on distance and blended leaning. They are recognised as offering the highest quality student experience through rigorous feedback, strong progression and completion rates and external recognition.

13 HECA Institutions

Current HECA membership comprises most of the major independent colleges in the country.

Membership is restricted to colleges meeting and abiding by stringent academic and operating regulatory criteria.

172 Nationalities in HECA Institutions

2019, HECA has over 27,000 students from 172 different countries studying for a higher education qualification in Ireland.

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Have you visited our profile on @gradireland Virtual Careers Fair yet? We will be online until 6PM today so book a meeting time or send us a chat and we can discuss our specialist employment support for neurodiverse individuals. #fundcommunity #euinmyregion #autismeurope

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Thank you @MaryButlerTD for joining us for the launch of #GreenRibbonIRL


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Our Members

HECA member colleges engage with the wider society and have become a destination of choice for employers seeking to meet industry needs and continue to promote the brand of Irish education and private education overseas by seeking to attract significant numbers of international students.
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