Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have launched a new postgraduate qualification aimed at upskilling graduates for data analytics roles across the farming sector, advisory services, the Agri-Food industry and other Agri-Tech businesses. The course is also fully-funded (or 90% funded) subject to Springboard HCI funding eligibility, and can be completed in one year.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Data Analytics for Sustainable Agri-Food Production has been developed with external colleagues in Teagasc and the Agri-Tech industry. It will cover advanced skills in database management, data collection and analysis, in addition to an in-depth analysis of the application of information technologies in Agriculture.
The programme will have a total of 12 hours of face to face classes per week. These will be scheduled over just two working days, to facilitate learners already working in the sector or farming on part-time basis.
Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health, Dr. Breda Brennan, said ‘We are delighted to launch this new, innovative programme which was developed in consultation with Teagasc and the Ag-Tech industry. The programme will support the transformative change currently taking place in the Agriculture sector. New skill sets are needed which will facilitate the increasing technical agility and responsiveness of the sector, particularly in relation to the challenges of environmental sustainability’.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Data Analytics for Sustainable Agri-Food Production starts in DkIT in September 2022, and applications are being accepted through the DkIT website.