While research on internationalisation in higher education is growing, relatively little empirical evidence is available about this issue in Ireland. This study, commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through the Irish Research Council (IRC) call for research on policy and society, addressed the following research questions:
• the extent to which Irish tertiary education institutions have become internationalised.
• exploring the mechanisms in place for the promotion, development and provision in relation to internationalisation at both sectoral and national levels.
An Advisory Board was established to provide guidance, direction and support over the lifetime of the study and met on three occasions to oversee the progress. Members of the Advisory Board included representation from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the Department of Education and Skills (DES), Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), Irish Universities Association (IUA), Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA), the Department of Justice, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the
Irish Council for International Students (ICOS).
The study was a mixed methods study, combining information from a large-scale quantitative survey of public and private higher education providers (conducted by Insight Statistical Consulting) with in-depth qualitative information collected from key stakeholders through semi-structured interviews. Full ethical approval was received from University College Dublin Research Ethics Committee [HS-16-03-Clarke: The Internationalisation of Irish Higher Education]. The survey component of the study was granted ethical exemption by University College Dublin Research Ethics Committee [REERN:HS-E-16-54-Clarke].