THE CONTRIBUTION OF IRISH HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS IN MEETING THE RECESSIONAL NEEDS OF THE IRISH TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY: A THEORETICAL REVIEW
Dublin Institute of Technology (IRELAND)
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Appears in: EDULEARN10 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:The knowledge society has greatly emphasised the importance of knowledge skills and know-how in the population at large, apart from social justice, the current recession now emphasises the significance of learning throughout life and as a way of life in modern society. Therefore a more coordinated approach to align the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and enterprises through up-skilling courses and research so that they can work together to exploit and develop the current and future highly skilled graduates and employees is imperative in the role of recovery of the economy and development of one of a more efficient knowledge economy, innovation society and entrepreneurial economy (Prospectus Survey on Higher Education, 2007; Organisation for Co-operation and Development, 2004; 2005; Irish Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, 1999; National Competitiveness Council, 2008; Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, 2002).
This paper will examine the current tertiary education situation in Ireland amid the global economic crisis and will review what should education’s contribution be to help alleviate the crisis. Ireland’s future economic success is highly dependent on innovation, creativity and skills coming from the HEI. Investment in education and training, lifelong learning, research and development in partnership with the market and businesses is also the cornerstone to success. The success examples of the Nordic countries model of knowledge economy and knowledge society (Green, 2006: 7) should be adapted into the Irish HEI with partnerships across stakeholder groups such as the students themselves.
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Keywords: Knowledge society, knowledge, skills, higher education, global crisis.