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Institute Hosts Collaboration in Higher Education Seminar

25/03/2019

Collaborative-Provision-Seminar-IT-CarlowInstitute of Technology Carlow last Friday hosted its biennial seminar on collaboration in Higher Education which took place at the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills in Dublin.

This year’s event was held in conjunction with the Reform and Delivery Office in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Education and Skills as part of Our Public Service 2020, a whole public service initiative for development and innovation in the public service.

Sean Ó Foghlú, Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills and Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President of Institute of Technology Carlow, gave the opening address. The day’s programme included talks and discussions on topics such as: Building a Collaborative Relationship; Recognising Life Experience in Learning; The Recognition of Public Service Core Skills and Work Based Learning, Real Lifelong Learning.

Speakers included: David Denieffe, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Institute of Technology Carlow; Deirdre Goggin of Extended Campus, Cork Institute of Technology; Lt. Col. Rory McCorley, Registrar, Irish Defence Forces; Darena Finan, Learning and Development Specialist, VHI; Dr. Joseph Collins, Head of Lifelong Learning, Institute of Technology Carlow; Dr. Lucy Fallon Byrne, Programme Director, Reform Office, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Grainne Cullen, Programme Manager, Public Service Reform, Department of Education and Skills.

In her address, Dr Patricia Mulcahy emphasised that “collaborative provision affords the opportunity to organisations to increase staff retention, build confidence and credibility, re-energise staff and improve organisational performance”. She continued, “The role of us, as an educational partner, together with the collaborative partner as the employer, is to facilitate and empower the development of the learner, be they an employee, or student, or both. Fundamentally, the learner’s development is owned by the learner”.

The seminar ended with a Q&A panel discussion chaired by Dr Alan Wall Assistant Secretary General Dept. of Education and Skills.

CAPTION: Institute of Technology Carlow last Friday hosted its biennial seminar on collaboration in Higher Education which took place at the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills in Dublin. Pictured are speakers, from left: Dr. Joseph Collins, Head of Lifelong Learning, Institute of Technology Carlow; Dr Alan Wall Assistant Secretary General Dept. of Education and Skills; Darena Finan, Learning and Development Specialist, VHI; Sean Ó Foghlú, Secretary, General Department of Education and Skills; President of Institute of Technology Carlow, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, Deirdre Goggin of Extended Campus, Cork Institute of Technology; Lt Col Rory McCorley, Registrar, Irish Defence Forces; David Denieffe, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Institute of Technology Carlow.