Last month on Tuesday September 8th, Trinity College Dublin inked a strategic partnership with Intel, one of Ireland’s largest employers. A memorandum of understanding was signed by the head of Intel’s Irish operations, Eamonn Sinnott, General Manager Intel Ireland & Vice President of the Technology Manufacturing Group, and Trinity’s Provost and President Patrick Prendergast. The partnership will further connect Intel and Trinity researchers and students to help fuel the innovation economy here in Ireland and create jobs.
The new partnership will focus on three areas: talent, research, and national policy associated with research and education. Students will also benefit from mentoring programmes provided by Intel; such as an undergraduate business accelerator programme called Launchbox. It will support a structured PhD programme to ensure Trinity PhD students have the training needed to be of most value to industry. In research the partnership will identify new areas of development and provide a strategic framework of investment and recruitment that will be mutually beneficial to both Trinity and Intel; and deliver for Ireland globally.
The new partnership is the culmination of a long and deep collaboration between Trinity and Intel through Science Foundation Ireland- funded research centres such as AMBER, CONNECT and ADAPT; the funding of PhD studentships; public outreach initiatives such as the Science Gallery; the acquisition of campus companies such as the games company Havok, and through the provision of high quality graduates who have worked in Intel Ireland.
Commenting on the significance of the new partnership Eamonn Sinnott Intel Ireland, General Manager & VP Technology Manufacturing Group said:
“Intel has been proactively developing the research and innovation footprint of its operation in Ireland over the last 25 years through the strong relationships it has built with academic institutions and the innovation community. Its partnership with Trinity has been multi-faceted and has contributed to many of the recent innovation successes for Intel Ireland. Today’s signing signals a new strategic approach to our engagement which will consolidate and build on that longstanding relationship.”
Provost & President, Dr Patrick Prendergast said, “Trinity is at the heart of the national push to attract talent to Ireland, nurture existing talent, and turn good ideas into sustainable jobs. This agreement is part of Trinity’s commitment to partner with industry to ensure together we can deliver for Ireland; through producing highly skilled graduates which contribute to the growth of the economy; through our research enabling new products and services; and through ensuring the Trinity educational experience will be valued by both our students and their future employers.”
Pictured above: Trinity’s Provost and President Patrick Prendergast and Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott sign the memorandum of understanding