Through InterTradeIreland's FUSION programme, companies can gain access to our colleges and universities to significantly improve their innovation capability.
Please see below a list of all Academic Institutes who have been involved in the FUSION programme.
Athlone Institute of Technology is a Government Higher Education Institution that offers internationally recognised Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes. Graduates from these disciplines have been very successful in progressing to further studies and obtaining relevant employment. Researchers at the Institute have established an international reputation in the areas of Product Design and Manufacture, Time Compression Technologies, Software for M-commerce, Polymer Engineering, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Science, and cell and Molecular Toxicology.
The primary objective of the Loughry Campus at CAFRE is to develop the competence of workers entering and working within the food processing and supply industry through education, training, and knowledge and technology programmes. Loughry offers a range of courses in Food Technology, Food Supply Management, Communications and Packaging Technology.
The Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) at University College Cork is a centre of excellence within Ireland for Ocean Renewables and Coastal Engineering, providing support to the maritime industry as well as fundamental R&D. There are currently 32 staff working in Ocean Energy and Coastal Engineering on a mix of EU FP7 for National and Industrial projects.The aim of the HMRC is to become the international centre of excellence, based in Ireland, for Ocean Energy research, training, consultation and support, growing from an existing strong integrated base.
The School of Engineering at DKIT has a core strategic aim to integrate with local and international industry and business. The Department of Electronic & Mechanical Engineering enables graduates to combine fundamental principles of engineering technology with knowhow to solve real world problems using electrical, mechanical and electronic devices as appropriate.
Established in 2001, the Software Technology Research Centre (SToRC) has as its core mission to engage in sectorally-significant research in selected software technology areas. Research is focused on:
The Department of Computing and Mathematics offers courses in all traditional aspects of computing with themes ranging from software development to networking, as well as information technology support and management. We also offer courses in gaming technology and other aspects of interactive media, as well as supporting many courses throughout the Institute. Our courses attract a diverse set of people and are offered at various levels with entry points to suit all students.
The National Bakery School is a long established department within the Dublin Institute of Technology. The mission of the institute is to position the school as the benchmark for Food Technology Education and Research recognized both nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence and first port of call for scholars, industry, the community and the government. The programmes the school offers are specifically designed to provide students with both the practical and technical aspects of baking and baking technology including new product development.
As a strategic unit located within the Faculty of Science and Health at Dublin City University, the School of Biotechnology boasts state-of-the-art teaching, research, and pilot plant facilities. The School is unique in having established expertise across a broad range of scientific disciplines contained within a single departmental unit, thereby encouraging innovative approaches to teaching and research. Areas of expertise include Bioprocess Engineering, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Bioinformatics, Immunology, Virology and Molecular Cell Biology.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Furniture and Wood Technology are equipped with the skills in furniture and wood technologies that are required in modern production environments. They develop knowledge of current manufacturing technologies and can demonstrate a clear understanding of business and work practices with the capability to manufacture furniture and wood products of quality and precision in competitive commercial enterprises.
Letterkenny Institute of Technology was founded in 1971. It plays an active role in stimulating economic activities and strengthening existing enterprises in the region through the development of consultancy, research and training services. The School of Engineering facilitates and encourages involvement by its staff in research and development work. The research and development work add to the standard of educational training given to the students and has an important role in staff development and life-long learning.
The Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at ITT Dublin aims to foster graduates ready to undertake the roles, responsibilities and challenges available in business, the engineering industry, the professions, public service and society. The Department also places a strong emphasis on design. It helps students to understand the design process and shows how engineering problems have to be analysed and what is involved in the careful development of solutions.
North West Regional College is a leading provider of Further and Higher Education and skills training. The College’s three main campuses in Londonderry, Limavady, and Strabane boast modern and industry-standard learning environments, at which over 20,000 students achieve their personal educational goals, through full and part-time study every year.
The School of Engineering offers an exciting range of programmes that place special emphasis on providing practical experience and application of engineering fundamentals, while covering the more advanced theoretical aspects of the subject. It aims to strengthen the interaction with industry, by advancing knowledge technology transfer through activities like strong vocational teaching and developing practical skills.
The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering provides an opportunity to develop research and educational programmes across the interface between two disciplines that are traditionally viewed as separate and distinct. The primary objective of the school is to develop ground-breaking research at the interfaces between chemistry, chemical engineering and allied disciplines.
The School of Computer Science has over 20 academic staff and another 25 research and programming programming staff. Research is mainly in the fields of formal aspects of software engineering, parallel and novel computing architectures (including databases and speech processing) and artificial intelligence (including databases and speech processing). In these, the School enjoys an enviable international reputation and has published many widely used books.
The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queens University Belfast, was rated as one of the top 10 Mechanical Engineering Schools in the 2008 RAE with 65% of its research deemed to be internationally excellent. Within the school is the Medical Polymers Research Institute (MPRI), which was established through a joint Initiative with the School ofPharmacy. The MPRI is dedicated to high technology R&D for health care industries in respect of medical materials and devices.
The School of Pharmacy is a dynamic and multidisciplinary institution that has recently undergone a dramatic and unprecedented expansion in terms of both staffing levels and research activities are now housed in a new £3.5m, state of the art McClay Research Centre for Pharmaceutical Sciences; a purpose-built research facility opened in January 2002 that accommodates extensive materials science, synthetic chemistry and drug delivery laboratories.
The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queens University Belfast embraces a range of disciplines associated with construction and the environment (both built and natural). The new School brings together over 50 professors and lecturers to deliver exciting new interdisciplinary research and education programmes.
The Technology Centre (NITC) is one of the primary links with industry at Queen’s University Belfast. Its staff of professional mechanical, electrical and civil engineers are involved in the transfer of best practice in design, construction and manufacturing technologies to help strengthen the competitiveness of all sectors of industry.
Queens University is regarded as the one of the world’s leading research facilities in polymer processing with expertise in multilayer extrusion, stretch blow moulding, thermoforming and rotational moulding. The Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC) has an international reputation for high quality research coupled with practical relevance. The Centre provides state of the art extrusion and analysis facilities based on full-scale industrial equipment enabling direct correlation with results obtained by commercial processors and material / equipment suppliers.
The QUESTOR Centre is an industry-university research co-operative centre which carries out an environmental research programme on behalf of 22 industrial members. The majority of members are large companies based in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. However, as part of a commitment to local industry the centre has set up a technology transfer unit (The Applied Technology Unit) to work closely with SME’s. This unit has worked for 6 years and has very experienced multi-disciplined staff employed on a full time basis.
The Centre for Plasma Physics (CPP) at Queens University Belfast works to advance understanding of ionised matter research by developing and responding to major contemporary issues within plasma physics and atomic and molecular physics.
The EERC, one of 3 research clusters within The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE), is inherently interdisciplinary with staff backgrounds in Civil Engineering and Environmental/ Earth Science providing engineering approaches to key environmental and sustainability issues. Two overarching themes drive research in this centre, Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) and Subsurface Systems & Engineering (SSE). The centre is also closely affiliated with the University wide Institute for a Sustainable World (ISW).
St Angela’s Food Centre is committed to delivering streams of innovative and cost competitive product offerings on a contract basis for its clients. It provides short training courses for food industry staff in the areas of food quality, food safety, food preservation, food technology, HACCP, food labelling and new product development. Design and information services are used for new food products, including concept and market testing. The centre also offers recipe development services and prototype testing of new and existing food products.
The School of Engineering, Applied Science & Built Environment offers a wide range of higher and professional qualifications designed to meet the needs of industry. The School has invested heavily over the last few years in industry standard equipment in areas of PLCs, Pneumatics, Rapid Prototyping and Laboratory Sciences to service consultancy and training needs of local business. A strategic priority in the SRC’s development plan is to support local economic development, particularly SME/micro business through provision of bespoke training, consultancy, research and development initiatives which champion innovation and entrepreneurship.
A strategic priority for Southern Regional College is to support local economic development particularly SME/micro business through the provision of bespoke training, consultancy, research and development initiatives, which champion innovation and partnership. The School of Computing and Multimedia holds a Centre of Excellence award within the Northern Ireland FE Sector and offers a wide range of higher and professional qualification designed to meet the needs of industry. New developments within the school include research into Open Source software leading to a dedicated Open Source Solution Centre that supports industry on an all island basis.
The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College Dublin focuses on research led teaching with maximum involvement of undergraduates in project work and commitment of a large body of research students to the teaching experience. The main research areas include Fluid Mechanics & Energy, Bio-Engineering and Materials Science. The Department runs two undergraduate and two postgraduate taught programmes and supports about 50 research students through funded programmes from a variety of industrial, government and European industry/university consortia.
The Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) at University College Cork is a centre of excellence within Ireland for Ocean Renewables and Coastal Engineering, providing support to the maritime industry as well as fundamental R&D. There are currently 32 staff working in Ocean Energy and Coastal Engineering on a mix of EU FP7 for National and Industrial projects. The aim of the HMRC is to become the international centre of excellence, based in Ireland, for Ocean Energy research, training, consultation and support, growing from an existing strong integrated base.
University College Cork is one of Ireland’s leading research institutions with research income on average €40million per annum. UCC has close links with industry and hosts national research centres in microelectronics, biosciences and nanotechnology and has a full time research staff of 300.
University College Dublin (UCD) is the largest university on the island of Ireland and is fully committed to pursuit the promotion of excellence in research and is active in facilitating staff in reaching this goal. UCD is a research-intensive university that strives to advance knowledge through cutting-edge research and to communicate knowledge through excellence in teaching within a creative and collegial environment. The School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering is a multi-disciplinary unit with coherent and well-developed research programmes in Bioprocessing.
The UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics is currently enjoying its most successful period to date. It’s growth, together with a modern new building, will allow UCD School of Computer science and informatics to lead the way into the future. Mr O’Hare runs the PRISM Laboratory at UCD which has been at the leading edge in terms of intelligent content management and delivery applications.
The Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre (OFSRC) at the University of Limerick has developed an internationally recognised track record of extensive publication and successful awards and completion of funded research programmes in the general area of optical sensors for environmental and industrial process monitoring. The centre currently occupies a laboratory which is 75 M2 in area and has extensive optical test and calibration equipment including a fusion splicer, optical attenuation test, OTDR, spectrometer and stabilised sources.
The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queens University Belfast, was rated as one of the top 10 Mechanical Engineering Schools in the 2008 RAE with 65% of its research deemed to be internationally excellent. Within the school is the Medical Polymers Research Institute (MPRI), which was established through a joint Initiative with the School of Pharmacy. The MPRI is dedicated to high technology R&D for health care industries in respect of medical materials and devices.
The School of Art and Design at University of Ulster, Belfast campus has produced creative solutions in relation to Design Visual Communications expertise for a number of reputable companies nationally and internationally. Currently the School delivers graduate and post graduate programmes which promote the importance and effectiveness of considered design methodologies.
Human nutrition research at the University of Ulster is centred in the Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health (NICHE), a centre of excellence set up with EU structural funds in 1996 to provide greater understanding of diet related health issues. NICHE has 20 academic, 5 technical, 6 support staff and 9 research staff, as well as 29 postgraduate research students.
The School of Biomedical Sciences at University of Ulster, Coleraine educates undergraduates and postgraduates in the critical application of science; facilitates training for healthcare, scientific and technical professions; supports continuing professional development; contributes to knowledge through excellence in research on human health and disease and related areas and also contributes to social and economic development through technology and knowledge transfer.
The Department of Business, Retail and Financial Services at University of Ulster, Coleraine, offers courses combining core areas of business studies with other specialist subjects. The standard of teaching has been rated ‘excellent’ by the Quality Assurance Agency. The Department is strongly engaged with local and international businesses helping to inform course development through industry liaison and collaborative activities helping to promote knowledge transfer.
The School of Computing and Mathematics at University of Ulster, Jordanstown offers a broad range of teaching, research and knowledge transfer in computing, software engineering and mathematics. It strives to strengthen its interaction with industry, by advancing knowledge technology transfer through activities like strong vocational teaching with an emphasis on developing practical skills.
The School of Engineering at University of Ulster, Jordanstown offers an exciting range of programmes that place special emphasis on providing practical experience and application of engineering fundamentals, while covering the more advanced theoretical aspects of the subject. It aims to strengthen its interaction with industry, by advancing knowledge technology transfer through activities like strong vocational teaching and developing practical skills.
The Centre for Sustainable Technologies based at the School of the Built Environment at University of Ulster, Jordanstown undertakes multidisciplinary research to design, create, develop, improve, demonstrate and evaluate emerging, existing and alternative sustainable renewable energy, building design, construction materials, transport and environmental modification technologies.
The Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Strategy at University of Ulster, Jordanstown is at the forefront of current thinking in its three areas. The Department’s research is recognised nationally and internationally for its excellence and courses and modules offered are contemporary, challenging and highly regarded. Practical involvement with businesses is a distinctive strength, with over £1M of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to its credit. This involvement ensures that staff are close to the Department’s marketplace and its teaching and research are highly relevant.
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ulster has close relationships with local industry, professionals and the community. The School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at the Magee Campus, has a focus on teaching and research in computer and electronic systems. It offers the highest quality education, pure and applied research and technology transfer through rich partnerships with people and organizations.
The formation of the School of Creative Arts is an exciting development for the University of Ulster and in particular, the Magee Campus. The resources provided for the delivery of programmes and advancement of learning are of an exceptionally high standard. The excellence of teaching has been confirmed by high scores achieved in subject reviews, success in gaining funding for major innovative projects, and the award of a highly prestigious National Teaching Fellowship to one of the staff.
The South West College is one of the recently formed Colleges of Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland covering the geographical area of counties Tyrone and Fermanagh. The core business of the College continues to be the delivery of vocational education and “Training for Success” curriculum to post-16 learners and trainees. The College also offers a range of Degree level courses and has been expanding its Higher Education provision through the delivery of a range of undergraduate programmes such as Foundation Degrees.
The National College of Art and Design occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland. It offers the largest range of art and design degrees in the State at undergraduate and postgraduate level.In the past many of the most important Irish artists, designers and art teachers have studied or taught in the College. It has long been the central and most important art and design educational institution in Ireland.
Waterford Institute of Technology is one of the largest institutes of technology in Ireland. It was established as a Regional Technical College in 1970, and was the first to be awarded Institute of Technology status in 1998. Over the period of this process, and as a result of an international quality review, the Institute was granted delegated authority by the National Council for Educational Awards to confer its own Certificates and Diplomas.
IT Sligo was founded in 1970 and is governed by the Institutes of Technology Acts 1994-2006. There are three schools within the Institute, Business and Humanities; Engineering; and Science. Qualifications are awarded by IT Sligo and the Higher Education and Training Award Council (HETAC). We offer a range of programmes leading to qualifications within the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). These include major awards at NFQ levels 6-10; minor, special purpose awards at NFQ levels 6-10; and Craft, Phase 4 and Phase 6.
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