Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and Dublin City University have partnered together to launch one of the world’s first the country’ first and master’s program in blockchain technology. Ireland notably has embraced blockchain technology and have recognized it to be an asset of the future.
The program was launched by the Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys T.D. and coincides with Blockchain Ireland week, a Government initiative focused on promoting the growth and development of Blockchain technology in the country.
Established in 2005 the Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet is the largest network serving this sector and to date has trained in excess of 4,500 staff ensuring that Irish ICT companies remain competitive and are at the leading edge when it comes to advanced and emerging technologies. In 2019 the network amalgamated with the Technology Ireland Innovation Forum to provide a new focus and range of services to the shared membership of both groups in the innovation space. This partnership comes as a part of the previously mentioned initiative.
During the launch the minister said:
“Ireland is a global technology leader, including in blockchain technology. Nine of the top ten US technology companies operate in Ireland, along with nine of the top ten global companies recruiting in the blockchain industry. Our aim is always to be proactive in anticipating and serving the needs of the industry and the people who work within it. This program directly supports objectives set out in the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland initiative. The first of its kind in Ireland, this Masters program will help ensure the country has all the skills necessary to become a global hub for this new technology.”
The Masters in Blockchain (Distributed Ledger Technologies) will be delivered by industry specialists in collaboration with Dublin City University. The program will be primarily taught online, part-time, over a two-year period. Applications are now open for this new Master’s beginning in September 2019. The closing date for applications is July 23rd, 2019.