Masters fellowship to study economic impact of HP in Galway

22 Dec 2011

Mark Gantly, managing director, Hewlett-Packard Galway; Dr James Cunningham, director, Institute for Business, Social Sciences and Public Policy, NUI Galway; and Dr Chris Coughlan, HP Galway

Hewlett-Packard (HP) and NUI Galway have launched a Masters Fellowship in Commerce to mark the 40th anniversary celebrations of HP Galway. The fellowship will examine the impact of HP Galway (previously Digital and Compaq) on the regional and national economy over the last 40 years.

The research will investigate the spill-over effects of HP Galway in terms of the economic development of Galway, the Western region and nationally, and will also focus on other impacts, particularly the development of the ICT industry in Ireland, management capabilities, the creation of start-ups, and educational support at secondary and tertiary levels. 

“The 40 years of Digital to HP in Galway had a profound and positive effect on Galway and Ireland. With this fellowship, we hope to document and analyse this and apply the lessons learned to help industries to grow and increase employment,” said Dr Chris Coughlan, HP Galway.

Details of the masters fellowship are available online and the closing date for applications is Wednesday, 18 January 2012.

Dr James Cunningham, director of the Institute for Business, Social Sciences and Public Policy, added: “This study will compliment our research activities at NUI Galway in understanding the impacts of HP Galway on Galway City and the region.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years