Technological Higher Education Association (THEA)
The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) is the voice of the technological higher education sector, advocating on behalf of and supporting Institutes of Technology in achieving their aims and objectives. Institutes of Technology deliver a unique offering which allows students to progress from Level 6 to Level 10 of the National Framework of Qualifications. They are dynamic Institutes focused on:
- Teaching and learning
- Purpose-driven research and development, business support and incubation, and
- Civic engagement/public service.
THEA's mission is to increase awareness and understanding of the unique attributes of technological higher education in order to influence policy on behalf of our members. We work with our members to shape and influence higher education policy agenda directly through our communications with policy makers and other stakeholders. Our relationships with government, private sector business and sectoral representative agencies are a key focus for our work in driving the agenda for technological higher education into the future.
THEA supports the sector as it moves toward a planned reform of the higher education system and including critically the creation of a series of Technological Universities.