March 5, 2021
By Elaine Murphy

The College of Medicine and Health, UCC, has announced the launch of The iEd Hub, a consortium of Cork’s leading universities, University College Cork (UCC) and Munster Technological University (MTU), corporate players and leading industries in the health field and health life sciences sector.

The innovative iEd partnership is being financed with EUR 8.7 million, which will be awarded as part of the government’s Human Capital Initiative Program (HCI). The aim is to develop an innovative approach to the formation of companies. The curriculum content and delivery method will be designed and developed in collaboration with these industrial partners and will address current and planned priority skill needs across the Irish economy.

The iEd Hub is ideally positioned to contribute to this goal for the Health & Life Science sector in Ireland. Over the next four years, the hub will design and develop a novel, agile education platform to produce next-generation graduates and fuel this sector. The industry and academic partners will jointly design and offer a range of new undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and iEd students will split their time between industrial and academic locations.

The needs of both young indigenous and mature multinationals are being met, helping to create and sustain thousands of Irish jobs while ensuring that the skills provided are appropriate for future Irish industry.

Michael McGrath TD, Minister for Public Spending and Reform, said before the launch:

“Cork is the ideal home for this ambitious initiative. Pharmaceutical and medical goods account for 31% of total Irish exports and the Cork region is Ireland’s largest cluster for FDI in the sector. The iEd Hub will make a significant contribution to the growth of the Cork region as an internationally recognized hub for health and life science companies by providing uniquely skilled human capital to expand the scope and scope of the activities of indigenous and multinational corporations. “

UCC Interim President Professor John O’Halloran added;

“The iEd Hub will deepen relationships with local business partners in the areas of education, research and development, and create new businesses, which will benefit the local and national economy. The iEd consortium with the Cork area’s higher education institutions, corporate stakeholders and industry leaders will develop a novel corporate educational platform over the next four years. It shows a deep collaboration and an agile and innovative response to current and future qualification needs. “

The iEd Hub is led by Professor Helen Whelton, Director of the UCC College of Medicine and Health, Dr. Mark Tangney, interim manager of the iEd Hub, Tim Horgan, head of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at MTU, and Matt Cotterell, Head of MTU, headed the Faculty of Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering.

The director of the UCC College of Medicine and Health, Professor Helen Whelton, said:

“The iEd Hub will generate a new generation of graduates in line with the European Commission’s 2030 Strategy on Skills for Industry, which will deepen relationships with local business partners in education, research and development and business creation, which the benefits the local economy. We hope that at some point the iEd Hub will be housed in an Innovation Hub building in Curraheen along with other innovation companies, with much of the teaching, including laboratory classes, being offered here and on-site in the industry. This hub will connect all iEd players as it will house the existing drivers for companies in the health and life sciences. “

Dr. Mark Tangney, Interim Director of the iEd Hub, said:

“Usually it is assumed that people are either in science or in industry and that they are mutually exclusive. We prefer the approach that industry and science are one – together we develop people and technology. We are now building platforms that remove the traditional “temporal” separation of science and industry from “college first, industry second”. We also want to eradicate the geographical separation of academic and entrepreneurial activities by building the Cork Innovation Corridor, where science and industry can coexist under one roof. “

MTU President Professor Maggie Cusack said:

“MTU focuses on driving transformation through education and empowering people to be successful in a globalized world. In collaboration with UCC and industry stakeholders, the iEd Hub offers a platform to achieve these goals in a student-centered, industry-oriented, agile and creative way. It will introduce new models of learning that meet the needs of the 21st century while providing opportunities for students in our universities and in the workplace. Let’s be successful together. “

The official kick-off event will take place today, March 4th, at 2 p.m. with the Minister for Public Spending and Reforms, Michael McGrath TD, Interim President UCC, Prof. John O’Halloran, President of MTU, Prof. Maggie Cusack, Head of the University of Medicine and Health UCC, Prof. Helen Whelton and Director of Talent Management Global Operations at Boston Scientific, Barbara O’Gorman.

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