Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan TD has officially launched a new online Masters in Management of Clean Technologies at Dublin City University. This new programme, delivered fully online through Oscail, DCU Distance Education, will upskill managers for the cleantech sector. Cleantech develops innovative products and services to address major sustainability issues concerning water, waste, energy and emissions and forms a key strand of both the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and its policy on growth and employment in the Green Economy.
Speaking at today’s launch, Minister Hogan noted the potential the Green Economy has to deliver economic growth and create jobs in Ireland, and the vital role third level institutions have to play in bringing this about.
“Technological innovation and new skills will be required to fill the needs of the fast developing 'green technology' sector to open up new export markets and benefit consumers through more sustainable products”, the Minister said. “Dr Morrissey and her team are leading the way by preparing future managers to be part of Ireland’s green economy.”
The Minister also commended the valuable work already underway in DCU’s Green Way Cleantech Innovation Campus.
The blend of skills developed in this programme ensures graduates will understand the challenges involved in the management of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Water Treatment, Waste Management and Resources Efficiency. These are areas identified by the Industrial Development Authority, Enterprise Ireland and Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland as key in positioning Ireland as a major hub for investment in the Clean Technology sector.
Mr Jim Dowling, Deputy President, DCU, said,
“For a business to be successful and competitive in the long-term, the totality of its resources - be they environmental, economic or social - must be managed from a perspective that integrates the growing importance of clean technologies and the contribution they have to make to economic competitiveness. One of the unique features of this programme is its delivery through highly flexible online distance learning, offering a deeper understanding of this specialist area to students wherever they live, inside or outsideIreland, with minimal disruption to their careers.”
The MSc in Management of Clean Technologies is awarded at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications and is targeted primarily at science and engineering graduates. Applications can be made through the Postgraduate Application Centre www.pac.ie/dcu.