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Formal Agreements

Higher Education Authority (HEA)

The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland. It is also the funding body for higher education. The HEA publishes extensive statistics on Higher Education and is the national contact point for Erasmus+ and other European funding programmes for Higher Education.

On 1 January 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding between the HEA and QQI came into operation.  The Memorandum provides an agreed framework for cooperation and communication between the two organisations in the interests of the higher education sector as a whole.  The MoU, which will be implemented over the period 2015 – 2017, sets out a range of actions.  These actions support the four key commitments presented in the document: coherence of approach, alignment of activities, Ireland in an international context, and partnerships for enhancement.  The MoU is available here.


Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) and the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) in the UK have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding and an Information Sharing Agreement.

This means we work together to share information and promote understanding of the quality and reputation of Higher Education in Ireland and the UK.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

We have also signed a Memorandum of Affiliation with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group (CHEA CIQG). CHEA is the largest institutional higher education membership organisation in the United States. The purpose of the Memorandum of Affiliation is to establish and promote partnerships with quality assurance/accreditation bodies world-wide, with a view to encouraging the use of the CHEA CIQG Principles as a foundation of shared understanding about quality at an international level.

Hong Kong Understanding

We have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the HKCAAVQ (Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications).

Under the agreement the agencies agree to cooperate by exchanging information, recognising each other’s decisions and cooperating with each other in quality assurance activities where feasible.

We anticipate signing more agreements in the future. We will post details on this page when they are ratified.