May 15, 2003

International Education: A Capacity Builder for the Island of Ireland?

Higher Education Conference Series: Conference 2
15 – 16 May 2003
Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan

This conference was the second of a series of six higher education conferences which were organised by the Department for Employment and Learning in Belfast and the Department of Education and Science in Dublin, together with representatives of the university, institute of technology, further education and student sectors, North and South. The Centre for Cross Border Studies was asked to organise these conferences.

The keynote speaker was be Ms Lindy Hyam, Chief Executive of IDP Education Australia. Established in 1969, IDP is a world leader in the international education and development services industry. The company provides worldwide access to Australia’s education and development services, with a global netwrok of more than 500 staff in more than 90 locations around the world and activities in some 50 countries.

Other conference speakers were Mr John Deupree, Centre for Quality Assurance in International Education, Washington DC and Dr Neil Kemp, Education UK, The British Council.


Thursday 15 May 2003

Conference chairperson: Sir George Quigley CB PhD

Friday 16 May 2003

2:15 pm Registration and refreshments
3:00 Opening by the Minister of State for Education and Science, Ms Síle de Valera TD and Northern Ireland Office Minister in charge of education, employment
and learning, Ms Jane Kennedy MP
introduced by Dr W J Smyth, President, National University of Ireland, Maynooth and Chairman, Conference of Heads of Irish Universities.
3.30 Economic Development through International Education: the Australian story

Ms Lindy Hyam, Chief Executive, IDP Education Australia

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4.15 Refreshments
4.45 Comparing National Strategies for Attracting Overseas Students
Mr John Deupree, President of Global Education Solutions and board member of the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education, Washington DC
5.30 Questions and discussions
7.30 Reception supported by the Associations of Northern Ireland Colleges (Fountain Room)
8.15 Conference dinner
Speaker: Sir George Quigley CB PhD
16 May 2003
9.30 am UK education internationally: The Education UK Brand Mr Neil Kemp, Director, Education UK, The British Council
10.00 Dr Don Thornhill, Chairman, Higher Education Authority,Dublin
Two views from the island of Ireland
Mr Tony Hopkins CBE
, Chairman, Northern Ireland Higher Education Council
11.00 Ms Louise Staunton, Student Officer, Irish Council for International Students
10.30 How Overseas Students see Higher Education in Ireland
Mr Steffen Torp
, President, Association of Norwegian Students Abroad (Ireland)
12.30 Lunch
1:45 The Lessons for Ireland, North and South
Panel of speakers, chaired by Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, Director , Athlone Institute of Technology followed by discussion
Mr John Lynch, Chief Executive, International Education Board Ireland
Mr Peter Coyle, Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland
Professor Denise McAlister, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Ulster
Mr Robin Halley, Director, International Office, Queen’s University Belfast
1:30 Lunch followed by Conference Close

See the list of attendees and the press release.

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