July 17th – Future of Ireland series with Micheál Martin TD – The Role of Research & Innovation in the Knowledge Economy

Micheál Martin TD, Leader of Fianna Fáil,  outlined his vision for how universities and other third-level institutions will play a pivotal role in the knowledge economy of the future

Micheál Martin TD

Fianna Fáil Leader and UCC alumnus, Micheál Martin entered politics in 1989.  Micheál has been Leader of the Fianna Fáil Party since 2011 and before this he served in four cabinet posts: Minister for Foreign Affairs (2008-2011), Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (2004-2008) where he played a key role in developing research infrastructure in Ireland.  He also served as Minister for Health (2000-2004) and Minister for Education (1997-2000).

When: July 17th 2019. 8am.

Where: Alex Hotel, Fenian Street

Press: Official IUA Press Release

Download Speech:  Micheál-Martin-TD-Speech-17-July-IUA-Future-of-Ireland-Event.pdf (68 downloads)

Watch full speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8cIg0evKd8



Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin with Dr Lisa Keating, Director of Research and Innovation at IUA and Prof. Brian MacCraith, Chair of IUA and President of DCU.

April 4th – Launch of Delivering for Ireland – An Impact Assessment of Irish Universities

Indecon Research Economists were appointed by the IUA in 2018 to conduct the 1st ever sectoral impact assessment of its member Universities.

Join us as we officially launch this independent report, which we hope will provide a greater understanding of how our seven universities contribute to the national economy and the social and cultural fabric of the country. Attendance at the launch will comprise representatives from education, business, civil service, public bodies, FDI, trade and professional organisations, political parties and media.

When: April 4th 2019. Registration from 9am.

Where: Convention Centre Dublin

Press:  Impact Animated Video & Official IUA Press Release

Jan 29th – How can Ireland’s Universities compete with the best in Europe?

The seminar was organised by the IUA and featured contributions from a range of leading participants on how Ireland’s system compares to other European third-level systems. The seminar was also briefed about a new European Universities Initiative, which seeks to strengthen strategic partnerships across the EU between higher education institutions and encourage the emergence by 2024 of some twenty ‘European Universities.

When:           Tuesday January 29th –  Registration 7.30am

Where:         Lighthouse Cinema

Press:          Video Highlights of EventOfficial IUA Press Release















MC’d by Ella McSweeney





EU Commissioner for Education, Tibor Navracsics

Navracsics-Speech-IUA-Breakfast-Seminar.pdf (27 downloads)





Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD

Minister’s Press Release



Panel Discussion:

Thomas Estermann
– Director Governance, Funding and Public Policy at the European University Association

Thomas-Estermann-Ireland-Presentation-29January22.01.pdf (27 downloads)




Catherine Day
– Chair of the Governing Authority of UCC and former Secretary-General of the European Commission




Professor Jane Ohlmeyer
– Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute and Chair of the Irish Research Council




Dr Gemma Irvine
– Head of Policy and Strategic Planning at the Higher Education Authority and Irish National Delegate for the European Universities Initiative