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

Latest From Our Members

Thank you to @stnicholasmci and Ann King, for hosting today's very productive HECA Academic Quality Enhancement Forum meeting #HAQEF

Griffith College is delivering a 14 week pre-FE1 preparation course. The learner will participate in 14 online lectures, 2 e-tutorials and 1 intensive exam workshop! Learn more and book your place, here https://t.co/aNuQ2ecmc0

On a recent trip to Turkey DBS' Prasad Kholli met with Sonya McGuinness, (The Honourable Ambassador of Ireland to Turkey) Sinéad McGuinness (Head of Irish Visa office), and Feilim McLaughlin (Chief of Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). #DBS #RealiseYourAmbitions

That's a wrap for our CAO Open Day! Huge thank you to all students who helped out at the event, we know you gave our visitors a warm welcome to the college 🙏

Don't worry if you missed the open day today, our next one will be on Saturday 18th January: https://t.co/23UvSrIpjT

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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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