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".