October 10, 2002

Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Third Level Education

Higher Education Conference Series: Conference 1

10 – 11 October 2002

Armagh City Hotel

This conference is the first of a series of six higher education conferences which are being 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 has been asked to organise these conferences.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Malcolm Skilbeck from Australia, author of ‘The University Challenged: A Review of International Trends and Issues with particular reference to Ireland’.

The conference title is intended to cover both the island’s potential as a centre of excellence to attract students and investors from abroad, and the potential of North/South co-operation to enhance higher education standards on the island.

Other conference speakers will include former US Education Secretary Richard Riley; Sir Howard Newby, chief executive of the English Higher Education Funding Council, and EU Commission Director General for Education and Culture, Nikolaus Van Der Pas.

Conference 1 programme cover


Thursday 10 October

Conference chairperson: Olivia O’Leary, BBC and RTE broadcaster and journalist
1:45 pm Registration and refreshments
2.30 Opening by the Minister for Employment and Learning, Mrs Carmel Hanna MLA and the Minister for Education and Science, Mr Noel Dempsey TD introduced by Professor Gerry McKenna, Vice-Chancellor,University of Ulster
3.00 Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England

Higher Education in the 21st century: An English Perspective

3.30 Keynote
speaker: Professor Malcolm Skilbeck

of ‘The University Challenged: A Review of International Trends with particular reference to Ireland’)
Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Third Level
Education: Challenges for the Universities
Responder: Professor
Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh
, National University
of Ireland Galway
4.35 Refreshments
– 6.00
and discussions
7.30 Drinks
reception (sponsored by Armagh City Hotel)
Conference Dinner

Speaker: Ms Jackie Harrison, Director of Enterprise, Irish
Business and Employers Confederation

Friday 11 October

Richard Riley
, former US Secretary of Education and
former Governor of South Carolina

Higher Education in a Diverse World

10.00 Mr
Nikolaus Van Der Pas
, Director General, Education
and Culture, European Commission:

Education: the European Dimension – and Beyond

10.30 Refreshments
11.00 Four
workshops chaired by
Don Thornhill
, Chairman, Higher Education Authority,
John Coolahan
, Professor of Education, NUI Maynooth
Fabian Monds
, Chairman, Invest Northern Ireland
Brenda Mc Laughlin
, Pro-Chancellor, Queen’s University
12.30 pm Lunch
1:45 Panel discussion, chaired by Dr Art Cosgrove, President,
National University of Ireland, Dublin with
Professor Áine Hyland, Vice-President, National
University of Ireland, Cork
Robert Osborne
, Professor of Applied Policy Studies,
University of Ulster, Jordanstown
Dr Mary Meaney, Director, Institute of Technology,
Dr Matthew Quinn, Executive Director, Jack Kent
Cooke Foundation, Lansdowne, Virginia, and former President,
Carroll College, Helena, Montana, USA
3.15 Closing
remarks by Professor Gerry McCormac, Pro-Vice-Chancellor,
Queen’s University Belfast
3:30 Close

See the list of attendees [45 kb] and the final report [1.2 mb].