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Students on cloud nine over job chances

Graduate Patrick Robertson from Beal na mBlath, Co Cork, with his children Logan and Fionn at CIT yesterday.

STUDENTS completing Ireland's first cloud-computing course savour a near 100pc employment rate.

The revelation came as Education Minister Ruairi Quinn stressed the importance of hi-tech courses designed with the needs of industry in mind.

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) yesterday conferred its first cloud- computing graduates.

While a significant portion of students – now numbering over 250 – are already in employment, there is a near 100pc employment rate for those who graduate in Ireland.

Students undertaking the CIT course are now doing so in a "global classroom" from Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, Spain, the UK, Netherlands and the US.

Mr Quinn said CIT was a major player in the growth of a cloud eco-system within Ireland and was helping providing graduates with the necessary skills to "fuel Ireland's ambition to become a key global location for the expansion of the cloud computing industry".

Ralph Riegel

Irish Independent