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 (25 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 (26 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