Government funded places on three engineering Masters starting in January

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"The South East region needs more highly qualified Engineers to drive innovation and the jobs of the future and this funding is very welcome in assisting with addressing that challenge."

Highly subsidised places on the MSc in Innovative Technology Engineering, MEng in Electronic Engineering and, MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering

Three full-time Masters from the School of Engineering at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have Government-funded places for students starting in January 2021.

WIT has won over €1m funding to offer 84 places on one-year full-time masters courses and 233 places on shorter ‘modular provision’ courses under the Government’s ‘July Stimulus’ initiative.

The institute is opening applications on 20 November 2020 to engineering, business and computing courses which will have a late January 2021 start.

New opportunities

Adult learners will now be able to apply for a 90% or 100% subsidised place on the MSc in Innovative Technology Engineering, MEng in Electronic Engineering and, MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering

Dr Ken Thomas, Head of the School of Engineering at WIT said the funded places are a fantastic opportunity for graduates to upgrade their qualifications and gain the knowledge and skills to advance their careers.

“The masters programmes are being delivered in a blended format, mainly online with some on campus activities, and scheduled to suit a range of personnel. These include employees on graduate training programmes as well as part-time workers and those seeking new employment opportunities. The South East region needs more highly qualified Engineers to drive innovation and the jobs of the future and this funding is very welcome in assisting with addressing that challenge.”

In October 2020 Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD announced over €30 million in free and subsidised higher education places under the Jobs Stimulus package to help get people back to work, upskill workers and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of COVID-19.

Future-proofing

Minister Harris said that many of courses focus on future proofing the skills of those in employment, particularly in roles that may be impacted by digitalisation.

"These courses will enable people across the country to embark on new pathways, or refresh or reskill in their employment. We must ensure a jobs led recovery by putting upskilling and SME supports centre stage. This is a crucial part of the jigsaw."

The courses fall into two categories: full-time postgraduate courses and ‘modular courses’ are short and focused and will be offered in a flexible manner, allowing people to gain important skills without taking a considerable period away from the labour market.

Online applications

Neil Quinlan, Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning at WIT welcoming the funding said:

“Minister Harris and the Higher Education Authority deserve credit for bringing this new stimulus scheme to fruition amidst the pandemic. Building on the success of the Springboard initiative it offers a “broad range of further upskilling opportunities to people in the South East to upskill and reskill to better meet the current and future challenges we’re dealing with.”

All courses will open for online applications from 20 November 2020 at www.wit.ie/fundedcourses.

Related Courses

Master of Science in  Innovative Technology Engineering
Master of Engineering in  Electronic Engineering
Master of Science in  Sustainable Energy Engineering
Master of Engineering in  Electronic Engineering
Master of Science in  Innovative Technology Engineering
Master of Science in  Sustainable Energy Engineering

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