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Cork universities snag €8.7M for iEd Hub to work with industry on preparing students for pharma careers


By David Schwartz
Published: October 12th, 2020

University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), and nine industry partners have secured €8.7M in funding for the iEd Hub program, which helps graduates prepare for and find work in the pharmaceutical and medical goods sectors. 

Led by Professor Helen Whelton, head of the College of Medicine and Health at UCC, and Dr. Mark Tangney, a senior researcher at UCC’s Biosciences Institute, the iEd Hub was awarded the funding under the Irish Government’s Human Captial Initiative 3 (HCI 3). 

 “This is a clear example of two educational partners in Cork working together with industry to secure our future,” said John O’Halloran, interim president of UCC. “Our economy faces significant challenges, but at UCC we are working to ensure it is supported across all sectors.”

Cork has long been a magnet for foreign direct investment in Ireland’s pharmaceutical sector. Ten of the top global pharma companies have operations in Ireland, with over 30,000 people directly employed in the field. Medical products and pharmaceuticals make up 31% of Ireland’s exports. 

O’Halloran said the funding secured recognises UCC’s industry engagement prowess, as well as the quality of graduates there. “UCC is Ireland’s leading university for industry engagement and our success in this funding is recognition of our knowledge of the type of graduate and skills that are required across industry sectors,” O’Halloran said.

Source: The Irish Examiner

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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