About Hibernia College

Flexible, blended learning

Hibernia College is a leader in pioneering new education technologies and embracing change in the ever-evolving world of education.

We have developed a model of online education that continually builds on the interactions between students and faculty and helps people meet their academic and professional goals.

Our History

Founded by Dr Seán Rowland in 2000, Hibernia College follows an ambitious and forward-thinking strategy in order to play a leading role in education for the future.

Dr Rowland brought together colleagues from the corporate, education and technology communities to establish Hibernia College, Ireland’s first third-level institution to offer accredited courses online.

We aspire to be a leading, high-quality educational institution of national and international importance, delivering distinctive technology-enhanced educational opportunities for our students to prepare them for complex professional roles in a rapidly changing technological world.

Our Purpose and Vision

Our purpose is to make learning easy, engaging and accessible so that people can fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions. Our vision is to be valued, respected and trusted as an organisation that, through outstanding learning experiences, enables people to reach their learning goals.

About the College

The Hibernia College Quality Framework (HCQF) reflects the College’s ongoing commitment to international best practice through a range of mechanisms that seek to continually monitor, review and enhance our programmes and our College.

The HCQF is regularly reviewed for its effectiveness. Input from key stakeholders such as students, staff, employers and faculty is an important dimension of our Framework. This ongoing involvement of all internal and external stakeholders is emphasised throughout the policy and procedure documents.

In line with the College’s commitment to quality, the HCQF has its own dedicated website.

Hibernia College is committed to engaging in the wider higher education community. Recent engagements, at sectoral level, include:

  • European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN)
  • HECA’s Academic Quality Enhancement Forum
  • National Academic Integrity Network
  • National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • National Forum digital badge re-development working groups
  • The Learnovate Centre in Trinity College Dublin

The College also actively contributes and engages with public consultations and sectoral research including contributions to:

Hibernia College fully adopts the AHEAD Charter for Inclusive Teaching and Learning. In line with the Charter, the College’s quality assurance procedures incorporate the voice, and reflect the requirements, of all students, including students with disabilities and those from other minority groups. The College actively encourages feedback and welcomes any recommendations and suggestions for further enhancement in this regard.

Hibernia College was first awarded the Erasmus+ Charter in October 2016. We have collaborated with Technische Universität Wien (Austria), West University of Timișoara (Romania) and Centro Autonómico de Formación e Innovación (Spain) on Erasmus+ mobility programmes, supporting educational collaboration across Europe.

View our Erasmus Policy Statement here.

Hibernia College has approval, under s.65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, to offer students Learner Protection Insurance. Learner Protection Insurance is only in place when each student receives their insurance policy. Each student should ensure that they receive a Learner Protection Insurance Policy in their name. Learner Protection Insurance is provided by Arachas and is underwritten by Aviva Insurance Ireland DAC. The Learner Protection Policy provides for a refund of fees, as specified in the 2012 Act. In some circumstances, it may be possible for a student to transfer to a similar programme with another provider. In such circumstances, the student may opt to receive the cost of an alternative similar academic programme. Transfer to another programme is always only a second option. The Learner Protection Insurance Policy is governed by s.65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.

For more details, read about Learner Protection.

Lifelong professional support in fellow Hibernia College Alumni

A supportive community, online and offline

Meet the Faculty

Our faculty prioritise the interests of students and are experts in their fields. They actively engage in research and pursue wide-ranging research interests while creating a supportive learning environment.

Key People at Hibernia College

Our team has a combined wealth of experience across multiple sectors to provide the leadership Hibernia College has leveraged to consistently offer the best in blended learning.

Memberships and Accreditation

Our academic programmes are validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and are accredited by the relevant professional accreditation bodies, including The Teaching Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. We are a proud member of the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) and the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), and we have held an Erasmus+ Charter since October 2016.

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