Cloud Computing Jobs have €9.5bn Silver Lining

(Taken from the Irish Daily Mail)

The Government have announced plans to create thousands of jobs in the high-tech cloud computing sector and bring an estimated €9.5billion into the economy.

 The €5million jobs initiative is part of a Government bid to create thousands of jobs across all its departments.  Its main thrust, however, will be a move by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and innovation to make Ireland a global cloud computing centre of excellence.

The Government will be concentrating ‘significant investment’ in the new technology area in the coming years with the development of a €5million national cloud computing research centre to be announced.  Consultants say the centre could help deliver 8,600 jobs in the cloud computing sector in just two years. The strategy is one of the central thrusts of the Government’s Jobs Action Plan that will be launched.

Transition Year Students Experience a Great Buzz with Computing Life in DCU

ComputeTY Week4 Group picComputeTY Week4 Group

The School of Computing in conjunction with CNGL have been running a hugely successful computing programme ‘ComputeTY’ for Transition Year Students in DCU. The programme is now in it’s seventh year and since it’s launch in 2005 has taken in almost 3,000 students to date. The course was redesigned two years ago to incorporate a stream in Java Computer Programming as well as the main stream of Website Design. In the web design stream, students have the opportunity to plan a theme, layout and design for a website. They learn the basics of HTML to build their web pages and advanced to more complicated technologies such as CSS and Javascript to add extra style. Once the students have the structure of their website in place they take on the task of designing web banners and animated GIFs using graphic design tools like GIMP. One of the reported highlights of the week for the students was shooting, processing and embedding their very own videos for their sites, some of which turned out very professional indeed.

Prof. Josef van Genabith wins DCU President’s Research Award

Prof Josef van Genabith (pictured second from left) is recipient of the DCU President's Research Award for Science & Engineering

Prof. Josef van Genabith of the Centre for Next Generation Localisation and DCU School of Computing has won the 2011 DCU President’s Research Award for Science and Engineering. The award recognises Josef’s exceptional contribution to the field of computational linguistics and his role in spearheading DCU’s leadership in academia-industry collaborative research.

Minister Sean Sherlock launches CNGL Localisation Careers Guide

Prof Josef Van Genabith, Director of CNGL with Mr Sean Sherlock T.D., Minister for Research & Innovation

Seán Sherlock T.D., Minister for Research and Innovation last week launched a guide which urges secondary students to consider language and technology at third level for a potential career in the localisation sector.

The Guide, produced by the DCU-led Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL), says that Ireland needs to significantly increase its supply of language and technology graduates if the country is to maintain its leadership position in the multi-million euro localisation and global services sector. The CNGL academia-industry consortium is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

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