Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Department of Education and Skills
Higher Education Institutions
239. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied that the continued activities of institutes (details supplied) do not negatively impact on the activities of universities here; the actions he has taken to ensure same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44817/19]
The institutes referred to work with Government, business and academia to develop stronger educational, cultural and commercial links between Ireland and China. This is of assistance as Ireland continues to develop its internationalisation strategy for the higher education sector. Courses and programmes related to China and teaching Chinese language also enhance mutual cultural understanding and facilitate the expansion of ties between China and Ireland.
Our universities are autonomous institutions within the meaning of the Universities Act 1997, and the management of their day to day functions are matters for the individual institution which would be overseen by appropriate institutional governance arrangements and associated policies.