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Brewing ­p Java Skills For the Knowledge Economy

By Silicon Republic

February 5, 2010

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University College Dublin's (UCD's) School of Computer Science and Informatics will offer a second round of Java courses to companies that do not have the time and money to train their own employees.

A year ago, UCD drew approximately 500 people for its Java training program. This year, UCD will offer a week of classes in foundation and advanced Java. UCD professor John Murphy says that more than 10 participants from last year are now pursuing a master's degree in Computer Science by Negotiated Learning, which is a pioneering concept in Ireland and allows students to choose a module from wide range of subjects, such as courses in the School of Business, for developing entrepreneurial skills. "It has brought people back into the academic fold," Murphy says.

"UCD is looking to make a contribution to the economy and this is a good way of building relationships with both individuals and organizations in the technology sector," Murphy says. UCD also is considering offering training in other key technology skills.

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