UL Lifelong Learning Programme – University of Limerick has received over €16m in government funding to support the development of 19 new learning programmes which will create 2,325 student places.
UL Lifelong Learning Programme [email protected] teaches cutting edge skills for the digital age
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Tara Byrne
The University of Limerick has received over €16m in government funding to support the development of 19 new learning programmes which will create 2,325 student places. The initiative is called [email protected]
[email protected] came about after the pandemic highlighted the challenges involved with learning and the need for more online-based coursework. It is a response to the changing world of work, and the need for fast access to cutting-edge skills by the workforce, with a new lifelong learning programme for the digital age.
[email protected] enables upskilling and reskilling by combining education and work in areas like; Artificial Intelligence (AI), data analytics, ICT, industry 4.0, robotics, digital leadership, law and technology and future studies.
The idea behind the UL Lifelong Learning programme, developed by the University of Limerick in partnership with employers in the Midwest and beyond is to bring the worlds of education and work together — offering industry-relevant training for the “resilient workforce of tomorrow”.
[email protected] will be launching 7 Professional Diplomas on Wednesday 21st July, 1pm-2pm. Register to hear from this expert panel of collaborators. #digitalfuture #futureofwork #upskill #technology pic.twitter.com/82PeQKOToh
— UL Graduate & Professional Studies (@GPS_UL) July 16, 2021
Martin Hayes, Professor of Digital Technologies at UL and the academic lead for the [email protected] Project said, “Our educators have developed a huge repository of digital content and the UL Lifelong Learning Programme [email protected] is well-positioned on this front to offer a blended teaching format that is perfectly suited to workplace-based digital learning now and in the future”.
“At its core, [email protected] is about listening to employers about the skills deficits they are facing right now and putting newly stackable programmes in place to address those deficits in a very immediate way, thereby enabling growth and progress,” he added.
The whole [email protected] initiative comprises of over 19 programmes for undergraduate, postgraduate, and work-based learners, and are designed to be flexible to the needs of students and employers. The initiative is funded by the Human Capital Initiative (HCI), part of the National Training Fund. Offering a reduced fee to the learner.
Programme options will include top-up degrees for non-degree holders, professional diplomas, short professional development modules and Master’s degrees. The first of the new programmes will enrol students from September.
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