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North East Further and Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA)

The North East Further & Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA) is a major regional higher and further education initiative comprising higher and further education institutions in the North East.

Its members include Dundalk Institute of Technology, Drogheda Institute of Further Education, Monaghan Institute, Cavan Institute, O'Fiaich College, Dunboyne College of Further Education and Beaufort College. 

Formed in 2007, NEFHEA is under-pinned by a Memorandum of Understanding. Members are committed to working together to enhance progression opportunities for students from further to higher education; to collaborating on course design and development in response to regional needs and to sharing expertise and resources.

NEFHEA has particularly focussed on enabling more students from further education institutes to join DkIT academic programmes. The section on Progression Arrangements details the arrangements currently in place. In general these progression arrangements enable students from further education institutes who have successfully completed their programmes to join the second year of specific DkIT programmes.  


NEFHEA meets about once every six months so that we have an opportunity to learn more about each other’s work. The sub-groups meet more frequently.