Welcome to HECA

The association of respected independent, private providers of quality higher level education.
22,189
Number of HECA Students
379
Number of QQI Validated Programmes
172
Number of Nationalities in HECA Institutions
126,891
Number of Alumni

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.

15 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 22,000 students from 172 different countries studying for a higher education qualification in Ireland.

Latest From Our Members

Full room ahead of @TVA1607 book launch; “Sri Lanka, Human Rights and the United Nations. A scrutiny into the Internarional Hunan Rights engagement with a Third World state”.

Griffith College lecturer @TVA1607 is set to launch his first book “Sri Lanka, Human Rights and the United Nations. A scrutiny into the International Human Rights Engagement with a Third World State” this evening on campus.

HECA team David Carpenter @HiberniaCollege, Ronnie Harrison @myotc David McCarthy @NCIRL are delighted to attend @QQI_connect launch of the Accreditation/Approval of Higher Education Programmes by Professional Bodies report

#LeavingCert students have the opportunity to use the Change of Mind facility until Monday 1st July. Interested in studying Computing at Griffith College? Speak with Hannah at 01-416 3358. https://t.co/T2GlFojXPp

Did you know that we offer courses in data analytics, cybersecurity & cloud computing free of charge if you are currently unemployed and for 10% of the course fee if you are employed under the Springboard+ Initiative? https://t.co/Qul0Y7zd1l @SpringboardHEA #FutureProofYourSkills

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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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