27th Apr 2012
Unique software course to attract global investors
Queen’s University is hoping to attract investors to Northern Ireland through the launch of a new software developers’ course.
The MSc in Software Development at the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, which was launched recently by the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment at Queen’s, offers 60 places and is open to graduates of non-IT disciplines.
The one-year programme aims to address the shortage of software developers currently in Northern Ireland.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: “The launch of the MSc in Software Development at Queen’s is great news for Northern Ireland and the economy as it is addressing the current shortage of software developers here. We know that an increase in the number software developers available in Northern Ireland is an attractive prospect for companies considering investing here.”
Course director, Dr Darryl Stewart from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, said: “The MSc in Software Development at Queen’s is unique in that it is available to those who haven’t had a previous background in information technology. The conversion course is designed to develop the technical, analytical and professional skills required to take on software development roles within the IT industry.”
John Healy, director and head of Technology Citi, said: “It is vital to international companies like Citi that we have a world-class University on our doorstep providing quality graduates equipped with the skills we need. The launch of the MSc in Software Development demonstrates Queen’s is listening to employers, and by doing this is ensuring global companies such as ours will continue to invest in Northern Ireland.”