UL Foundation CEO Hails ‘One of Major Investment’ in University’s Immersive Software Engineering Program
University of Limerick has unveiled its Global Fellowships program as part of its BSc/MSc in Immersive Software Engineering (ISE) funded forever by Amazon Web Services (AWS).
This partnership will help transform computer science education and research by attracting technical leaders at all career levels from both industry and academia to UL’s groundbreaking new ISE course.
The ISE Global Fellowships are competitive and prestigious awards for software engineering. UL will appoint junior and senior fellows from diverse backgrounds, genders, expertise and regions, and each fellow will be supported to spend three weeks to six months to inspire ISE students, collaborate with ISE researchers and ISE’s growing coalition from industry partners.
Harvey Duthie, CEO of the UL Foundation, welcomed the gift: “This is one of the most significant investments in the ISE program to date, and the dedication of AWS will underpin the Fellows program forever. It is a confident statement about the future of technology in Ireland and demonstrates the importance AWS places on supporting world-class education.”
Prof Kerstin Mey, UL’s President, said: “We want to create a globally prestigious education and research scholarship for technology leaders. We are thrilled to have the support of a global leader like AWS for what we believe will be one of the best software courses in the world.”
Mike Beary, Country Manager, AWS Ireland, said: “AWS has invested in Ireland for over fifteen years and this contribution is part of our ongoing and long-term commitment to support educational development across the island. The Global Fellows program is breaking new ground education and research alongside world-class thought leaders and practitioners to help develop tomorrow’s technology leaders and innovators.
“With a focus on diversity, equality and inclusion, the Fellows will be drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, skills, life experiences and global locations. AWS is proud to be a part of the program and partner with UL to inspire students and advocate for new approaches to issues that matter to society.”
UL’s BSc/MSc in ISE is a transformational new teaching and research initiative that will welcome the first students to the university in September. Students learn by doing, working on projects and in paid residencies at some of ISE’s more than fifty partner organizations. They will also receive a master’s degree in four years’ time.
ISE Course Director, Prof. Tiziana Margaria, said: “What we do at ISE with AWS is fundamentally different. The fellowship program will dramatically and positively benefit the entire ISE ecosystem, especially the education of ISE students and the depth and scope of our research. The medium to long-term impact of this global network will be a game changer.”