Higher Education Seminar


Deloitte hosted a seminar Internationalisation in Higher Education on Tuesday, 21 April in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin 2.

Internationalisation has developed enormously over the last 10 years and is a key area of focus in most Higher Education Institutions in 2015. 

Over 50 delegates from higher education institutions in Ireland attended the conference. 

Key speakers and topics

Dr Fiona Hunter, HE Consultant - Rethinking internationalisation

Prof Roger Woods, Ass, Pro-Vice Chancellor - Why set up a branch campus in China

Mr John O'Flynn, Partner, Deloitte - Tax implications of operating in a foreign jurisdiction

Dr Norma Ryan, HE Consultant - International students and quality assurance

Dr Padraig Walsh, Chairperson  of QQI & President of ENQA - The International Education Mark (IEM) - its place in the Quality Assurance of higher education Ireland

Deloitte also officially launched their Higher Education Finance Survey. 

Key speakers

Dr Fiona Hunter

Fiona will deliver a presentation, titled: Rethinking Internationalisation. As the international dimension of higher education gains more attention and recognition, higher education institutions tend to use it in the way that best suits their purpose, and in many cases that is leading to a narrow interpretation of internationalisation in the drive for income generation and institutional prestige through international student recruitment and international partnered research.

Dr. Fiona Hunter is a consultant, trainer and researcher in higher education, specialising in strategic change and internationalisation. She is based in Italy and works globally with public, private and faith-based higher education institutions. She is Research Associate at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, and Co-Editor at the Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE).

Prof Roger Woods

Roger will deliver a presentation on: 'Why set up a branch campus in China?' The changing context of internationalisation as a key motivation, China's interest in developing alternative models of HE within its own borders, establishing a working relationship with China, characteristics of a successful partnership, elements of a business plan, dealing with problems, quality assurance issues, secondments from the UK and new appointments, relationship with the home campus, the flow of staff and students between the campuses.

Roger Woods holds a BA, MA, DPhil, FRSA. He studied at Reading University, Tübingen University, University College London, and St John's College, Oxford. He is Assistant Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of German, University of Nottingham. He had pecial responsibility for Europe. Vice-President, then Provost and CEO of University of Nottingham Ningbo China, 2007-2010. Chairman of University Council of Modern Languages 2004–2006. Member of the expert panels on Europe and China at the UK Higher Education International Unit. Chair of Europe Group at the University of Nottingham.

Mr John O'Flynn

John is a tax partner with Deloitte, he is the lead tax partner for the higher education team within the firm. John's team has advised a number of higher education organisations on all tax heads and would have been involved in dealing with Revenue on some of the contentious issues impacting on the higher education sector such as PAYE/PRSI treatment of expense payments to lecturers, reviewers and interviewers. John has also advised on tax aspects of property developments and the VAT treatment of research contracts. John will deliver a presentation on the tax implications for higher education organisations of operating in foreign jurisdictions.

Dr Norma Ryan

Dr Ryan will deliver a presentation on International Students and Quality Assurance. The presentation will focus on aspects of quality assurance specifically relating to the provision of education to and support of international students in HEIs in Ireland.

Dr Ryan is a recognised European quality assurance expert with 35 years higher education experience working at institutional, national and European levels, Dr Ryan is a graduate of University College Cork in Ireland with a BSc and PhD in Biochemistry. Dr Ryan has been instrumental in the design, delivery and management of national quality assurance systems for the higher education sector in Ireland and other European countries and is a member of the ENQA Pool of Experts.

Dr Ryan has a considerable level of senior institutional management experience over 20 years: including, inter alia, Vice-Dean of Faculty of Science; Director of Quality Promotion; member of senior management team, and serving as Examination Appeals Officer for a period of 5 years, with over 30 years’ experience of examining and of interacting with students and staff in UCC, including supervision and examination of Masters and PhD candidates in Biochemistry. Dr Ryan has a wide experience of working, both on behalf of UCC and more recently as a consultant in higher education, with international organisations on strategic higher education issues, in particular focussing on quality assurance and enhancement strategies in higher education in c. 50 countries and with international organisations in a range of settings.

Dr. Padraig Walsh

Padraig has been the Chief Executive of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) since its establishment in 2012. Prior to that, he was simultaneously Chief Executive of the four agencies responsible for qualifications and quality assurance of further and higher education in Ireland that were amalgamated to form QQI in 2012. Having studied Chemical Engineering at University College Dublin and the University of Missouri (USA), he worked as a lecturer in Bioprocess Engineering in Dublin City University (DCU) from 1984 to 2001. He was appointed as the first DCU Director of Quality in 2001 and left DCU in 2005 to become Chief Executive of the Irish Universities Quality Board. He was appointed Chief Executive designate of QQI in 2010. He has served on the Board of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) since 2011 and was elected President of the association in 2013. He has served on governance boards of quality assurance agencies in Scotland, Switzerland and Portugal.

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