Amazon funds software scholarships at the University of Limerick


Tech giant Amazon is helping fund a multimillion-pound computer science education program at UL that the Midwestern university says will be “one of the best in the world.”

The philanthropic gift from Amazon’s cloud service provider subsidiary, Amazon Web Services (AWS), will allow UL to establish and fully fund a new global grant program.

Funding is expected to be in the seven figures and will allow the program – part of UL’s new BSc/MSc in Immersive Software Engineering (ISE) – to continue on a permanent basis.

UL President Professor Kerstin Mey said they believe it will be “one of the best software courses in the world”.

The new ISE degree, which allows students to earn a master’s degree in four years, will welcome its first students next month.

Thanks to AWS funding, UL will nominate junior and senior grantees from diverse backgrounds, genders, expertise, and regions, and each will be supported to work with students, collaborate with researchers, and engage with them for between three weeks and six months industry partner.

Harvey Duthie, CEO of the UL Foundation, said the long-term collaboration with AWS will help transform computer science education and research by attracting leading engineers from industry and academia to UL’s ISE course.

Mr. Duthie said it was one of the most significant investments in the ISE program to date and AWS’ commitment would underpin the program forever.

AWS Country Manager Mike Beary said the company has invested in Ireland for over 15 years and this contribution is part of its ongoing and long-term commitment to supporting educational development across the island.

Brian Dennehy, General Manager of AWS Observability, said they look forward to supporting UL’s goal to “transform and shape the way computer science is taught in Ireland today and a new and diverse pipeline of talent welcome to the tech industry.” Amazon funds software scholarships at the University of Limerick

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