Dell EMC Corporation partnered with CIT to deliver the world’s first suite of Masters and Undergraduate Degree programmes in Cloud Computing.
Problem addressed: The Irish government have identified cloud computing as the future of technology which has the ability to revolutionise the operation of businesses in Ireland and across Europe. However, a significant skills shortage and pipeline for talent exists.

How objectives are reached: Through the development of the world’s first suite of Masters and Undergraduate Degree programmes in Cloud Computing. Designed to be delivered remotely or on campus, the one year courses address future industry skills requirements and strengthen Ireland’s advancement as an international Cloud Computing Centre of Excellence.

The main stakeholders are Dell EMC and the Cork Institute of Technology.
Bob Savage, VP Dell EMC said: “We are proud that the innovation for the world’s first approved suite of degree programmes evolved from our long-term relationship with CIT. A dedicated team has worked tirelessly to create content that addresses the broad range of topics resulting in MSC accreditation.”

As an education partner CIT offers a quality educational experience and has developed a track record having forged strong industry links via:
• MSc in Cloud Computing – Dell EMC
• MSc in Artificial Intelligence - Inhance Technology
• MSc in Information Security – Jaguar / Land Rover
• Information Design & Development (MSc) – Johnson Controls
• A Networking Regional Academy with state of the art labs
• A virtualisation offering with VMware Academy

Resources needed

The costs of the online and physical courses in CIT centered on Infrastructure and Virtual Laboratories.
• The hardware required to support the online learning cost €250,000.00
• The Virtual Lab development was undertaken by 6 lecturers costing €65,000.00
• Total cost: €315,000.00

Evidence of success

The concrete outcomes from the relationship with Dell EMC are as follows:
• 177 graduates since 2012 from the Master of Science in Cloud Computing.
• MSc Research Scholarships in AI / Machine Learning.
• Partner on VEX IQ Robotics Competition
• Workplacement scheme with CIT’s Business Information Systems students
• RedZinc tested their BlueEye video live-stream using Dell EMC cloud infrastructure and CIT Sigma lab.

Difficulties encountered

The difficulties encountered during the development of the blended online learning and physical classes related to change management for staff in Dell EMC and the Cork Institute of Technology.

Potential for learning or transfer

The engagement between CIT and Dell EMC has provided an example of how students, staff and stakeholders can directly benefit from a HEI seeking to engage with enterprise in a connected and informed way. The relationship has developed over time from an extremely beneficial base relationship with the Computer Science Departmnent and radiated into the development of linkages and connections with other Departments and Research Centres across the institute.

Regarding getting this relationship right a number of elements are key:
• It is important that the benefits flow both ways and both the academic institution and the firm are improved by the connection.
• Top level support is required at a management level
• Key points of contact are imperative and CIT’s, Computer Science Department and top Management’s involvement provide consistency in this regard

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Main institution
Cork institute of Technology
Southern and Eastern, Ireland (Éire)
Start Date
September 2008
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