Global telecoms equipment provider Ericsson is offering a number of scholarships involving a contribution towards fees plus a paid internship during which students will work on an activity at its R&D centre in Athlone.
The initiative is being run within the Discipline of Information Technology (IT) at NUI Galway and will be of particular relevance to current or recent graduates from any discipline interested in pursuing a fourth-level qualification in software.
The discipline of IT within NUI Galway offers a one-year higher diploma and a two-year Masters in Software Design and Development.
Dr Hugh Melvin, of the Discipline of IT at NUI Galway, said: “Both these conversion courses offer students from diverse disciplines career opportunities in the broad, vibrant and evolving software sector.
“This Ericsson sponsorship shows how industry and academia can work together to meet current and future skills requirements. We are in discussions with other industry partners and hope to make further such announcements.”
Michael Gallagher, CEO of Ericsson in Ireland, described the initiative as “part of a multi-faceted commitment from Ericsson to help the growth of Ireland’s knowledge economy”.
The Ericsson R&D Centre in Athlone employs more than 700 software and systems engineers providing OSS (operations support systems) for network management to telecom network operators using advanced mediation, data management and visualisation techniques. The Ericsson site in Athlone has global responsibility for end-to-end design, development, release and support of these applications.
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