A new Masters programme in intelligent automation at University of Limerick will address “an acute scarcity of knowledge and skills” in the sector, according to the course director.
The French Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault launched the new Master of Science in Mechatronics at University of Limerick recently.
The Masters is a one year, Level 9 programme aimed at the needs of the manufacturing sector in the Mid-West, nationally and worldwide.
“There is an acute scarcity of knowledge and skills in the area of intelligent automation. This course has been specifically developed to address this. The programme is industry led, with input from world leaders in automation such as SL Controls Ltd and Johnson and Johnson’s worldwide research and development facility, the Automation Equipment Centre of Excellence (AECoE) which is based in UL,” said Dr Seamus Gordon, Course Director, M.Eng in Mechatronics.
“UL has always had a strong international focus and this programme will bring European engineering graduates to UL for to specialise in automation. The Master’s degree will be based in a state of the art automation lab which has been developed specifically for the programme, in conjunction with our industrial partners,” Dr Gordon added.
The new Masters was developed in collaboration with two French institutions and will allow students in France to complete the course as an add-on specialisation to their four-year bachelors’ qualification. It accepted its first cohort of students this September.
Keith Moran Managing Director of SL Controls, a leading Irish Equipment Systems Engineering firm said, “At SL Controls we have found that in a rapidly evolving Manufacturing Industry, as we enter the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), the skills expected from our future graduates will be vastly different to keep up with real world advances”.
“The newly developed M.Eng in Mechatronics course at University Limerick has responded to the changes within the industry and addresses the gaps between the education system and current industry needs,” he said.
Dr Huw Lewis, Dean, Graduate School at UL, commented: “The advent of the European credit transfer system, alongside the Bologna directive, which aligns the education systems within European countries, has allowed for student mobility within the European Union. The development of joint programmes between Irish and European institutions further enhances the scope of European students to study in Ireland and Irish students to study in Europe”.
According to UL’s Dean of Science and Engineering, Professor Edmund Magner, “The University is acutely aware of the needs of modern manufacturing and has specifically designed undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes to meet the demands of industry. In particular, we understand the need to offer programmes that are relevant and that increase the employability of our graduates at home and abroad”.
Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault was in the university at a French/Irish symposium, celebrating UL’s many links with French universities. His Excellency also launched a dual degree agreement between Kemmy Business School (KBS) at UL and KEDGE Business School in France. This will see students of KBS’s BA in International Business spend their first two years studying at the University of Limerick and their last two years studying at KEDGE’s campus in Marseille, France, while KEDGE students will spend their first two years studying in France and their final two years at the University of Limerick.
Upon successful completion of their four years of study, students will receive both UL’s BA in International Business degree and KEDGE’s International Bachelor of Business Administration degree.