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Academic Testimonials

Academic: Ciaran Simms, Trinity College Dublin


FUSION Project: Moorings Mediquip, Co. Antrim


“I have found the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme to be an excellent mechanism for linking small businesses and academics in Ireland. Through the programme I have been able to work directly in the area of new product development which has been a very beneficial experience for me as an academic. Both my teaching and research have benefited directly from involvement in this programme, and I would recommend it to others without hesitation. “




Academic: Michael Hosey, St Angela’s Food Technology College


FUSION Project: Daily Bake, Co. Armagh


A FUSION Project provides valued connections to an academic, allowing them to work closely with the islands most progressive companies who seek to innovate.  This unique opportunity is so essential to academia, keeping them at the forefront of changes in industry.  FUSION also provides academics with a wealth of teaching material and ideas for graduate and postgraduate Projects.    



Academic: Dr Mustafa Akay, University of Ulster


FUSION: JFC Plastics, Co. Galway


The JFC-UUJ FUSION project has significantly extended the industrial experience of Dr Akay, the Knowledge-Centre Partner. Dr Akay has gained fresh insight into the operations and challenges facing a manufacturing company involved in the production of numerous rotational moulded and extruded plastics products. The experience has enabled him to prepare presentations and has raised fresh desire and enthusiasm in the subject area for Dr Akay to write a teaching compendium on “Introduction to polymer science and technology”.


A number of new FUSION projects have been obtained by the School of Engineering at UUJ, following the successful completion of the JFC project. 


Industrial programmes such as FUSION enable the University to continually establish new links for placement activity – benefitting the student, industry and the University.

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