The Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA) is a strategic alliance of the Higher Education sector in the wider Dublin city-region. It includes four Universities and their linked Colleges (TCD, UCD, DCU and NUIM) and four Institutes of Technology (DIT, IADT, ITB and ITT Dublin), many with long established and internationally renowned reputations for excellence in teaching and research. The Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA) has been awarded funding under the Higher Education Authority’s Strategic Innovation Fund Cycle II (SIF II ).
The DRHEA has been created to strengthen the region’s higher education sector as an important contribution to the growth of Dublin’s competitive advantage in a European and broader international context. In recognising the continuing, pivotal role of the region in the broader context of national development, as affirmed by the Irish government’s National Spatial Strategy (2002), the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance will facilitate and catalyse the sector’s contribution to achieving the high level goals set out in the National Development Plan 2007-2013, and other supporting strategies such as the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013 and Building Ireland’s Smart Economy: A framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal.
International trends identify that city-regions are becoming the focal points for knowledge creation and learning in the new age of global, knowledge-intensive economies. The Dublin city-region has been Ireland’s most dynamic economic zone and a principal source of the innovation which has underpinned the country’s development of a knowledge-intensive economy in recent times. The diverse higher education sector in the city-region has been a core element of the infrastructure that has supported the emergence of the fastest growing region in Europe, measured along axes such as population, number of students, and economic output.
The DRHEA seeks to combine the strengths of its constituent member institutions in key areas, driving economies of scale and efficiencies that will enable both forward-planning and agile responses to national and international demands for high quality, accessible Higher Education that underpins sustainable socio-economic development.
The eight members of the Alliance have identified four strands of activity where collaborative action will lead to efficiencies and increased capacity for development: