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Friday 20 October 2017

IT Sligo in collaboration with tech giants to launch Europe’s first engineering degree programme for Data Centres

The degree will be the first of its kind in Europe
The degree will be the first of its kind in Europe
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

IT Sligo is today launching the first ever degree programme in data centre facilities engineering, aimed at servicing Europe’s growing and highly specialised data centre sector with skilled graduates.

The degree – ‘BEng. in Data Centre Facilities Engineering – will be available to students through online learning.

The course was developed following 18 months of consultation and planning with data centre industry partners including Google, who provided expert input and validation of the programme’s technical subject matter.

Other contributors to the development of the course included Microsoft and Sligo-based engineering and technical services provider LotusWorks.

While lectures will be delivered through the online medium, the practical laboratory sessions will take place at partner college Haute École Louvain en Hainaut (HELHa) in Mons, Belgium.

“This programme is designed to upskill technical staff to an extremely high standard and in the process, ensure that a pipeline of technical talent is available that meet the growing needs of Data Centres which underpin global economic activity,” Una Parsons, Head of School of Engineering and Design at IT Sligo said.

Google said that it was “proud to support IT Sligo’s pioneering new engineering degree in Data Centre facilities engineering and management.”

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