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Links with Industry


IDA Ireland 2019 reported Ireland is a stable, competitive, secure and pro-business country, with the fastest rowing economy in the Eurozone. Proportionally Ireland has the 4th highest international workforce in the EU.  Ireland ranks 1st globally for attracting and retaining international talent.  

Ireland is the European hub to over 1000 leading multinational companies.  Companies who require a skilled, educated and highly capable workforce to drive their success chose to locate in Ireland. Ireland is the second most attractive country globally for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), after Singapore.  Over 1000 FDI giants in ICT, Social Media, Pharmaceuticals and Finance have made Ireland the hub of their European operations with names such as Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK, Genzyme, Amazon, Microsoft, and Intel.


Located in Ireland are:

9 of the top 10 global ICT companies

8 of the top 10 gaming companies

8 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies

6 of the top 7 diagnostics companies

15 of the top 20 medical device companies

50% of the world's leading financial services firms



The influence of industry is apparent at every level of MTU Cork’s educational system as it impacts upon course design, student internships, research funding and startup company engagement. Research is fundamental to CIT’s taught programmes and to engagement with industry.

The MTU Cork Innovation Ecosystem is a concept developed back in 2007 and the key to its success is the way it connects research, teaching and learning and collaborations with industry in an integrated manner. While each of the three Institutional Research Clusters performs cutting edge research to ensure they are at the forefront of knowledge generation in their domain specialty, they also employ specialised staff with a strong track record of research in an industrial context. Add to this a long established culture of working with industry in a two-way engagement and you have a potent combination that brings real impact to investment, whether that investment is made by funding agencies, CIT itself, or by way of industrial collaborators.


  • Work placement/Internships available in many courses
  • Work in industry while studying
  • Industry-based student projects
  • On-campus business innovation centre
  • Strong input from industry in course design





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