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Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) VP for Strategy Dr Richard Hayes has said that Waterford should learn from what Barcelona has done in recent years to reinvent itself.

“Waterford can be Ireland’s Barcelona,” said Dr Hayes, speaking following the announcement of €4 billion in government funding in support of the goals of the National Planning Framework. The funds will be targeted specifically at urban renewal and regeneration, new technological developments, and in support of environmental and climate change targets.

Dr Hayes indicated that WIT is “ready and available” to assist Waterford city in making its applications under the various funding calls, noting that WIT’s expertise is “perfectly aligned” with the detail of the funding.

“WIT’s areas of internationally-acclaimed research include activity in innovation, in disruptive and new technologies, and in agriculture, all of which are covered by the €4 billion call,” he said. “In addition to proposals for the development of the city, we are ready and able to drive funding applications across the other domains as well. The potential is there to transform the city and region if we focus on quality and have ambition. In time Waterford can be Ireland’s Barcelona, one of the best and most successful small cities in Europe.”

“WIT fully support the National Planning Framework and particularly welcomes the creation of these competitive funding calls in support of the goals of the Plan,” said Dr Hayes. “We are fully committed to the emphasis in theFramework on building up our regional cities as the drivers of economic growth—our own research and experience in Europe shows that this is the only way to grow the region and to ensure future prosperity.”

Dr Hayes drew parallels between Waterford and Barcelona in Catalonia in this context.

“While the cities are very different in terms of scale,” he said, “the cities share a similar history. We should learn from what Barcelona has done in recent years to reinvent itself: it is now investing heavily in changing its old docklands into technology parks that are attractive to modern high-tech industry and business. Barcelona is a great example of a city where innovation is important and where new ideas are valued and new thinking promoted. It is of course also a vibrant and attractive city from a cultural point of view. It has built on its traditional strengths, embraced technology and formed a sustainable regional city that impacts enormously on the wider Catalonian region.”

WIT currently works on a number of projects with partners in Barcelona and, Dr Hayes says, “is at the heart of discussions in Europe on the economic, social and cultural future for regions in the context of globalisation and high technology.”

“Barcelona is an ideas-led city,” he continued, “and we partner with universities there as the drivers of regional change. Part of the infrastructure needed to be able to make the kinds of changes needed in a region is a fit-for-purpose, high-quality third level offering. The proposal for a Technological University that we are currently developing will seek to position WIT and Waterford as drivers in the South East of urban and regional transformation through recognising and building on the very high quality and impactful work we have been doing for many decades.”

WIT has recently approved its strategic plan to 2021. The Plan involves the Institute becoming one of the Top 100 new universities in the world within 10 years.

Digitise the Nation are holding free computer classes in Tramore & Ardkeen libraries this June.

AT ARDKEEN LIBRARY - 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th & 13th JUNE

AT TRAMORE LIBRARY - 14th,15th, 19th, 20th & 21st June

CLASS TIMES: 10am to 12pm or 12.30pm to 2.30pm

TO BOOK, PLEASE CALL 0761 10 2755.

THIS DIGITAL SKILLS PROGRAMME IS FUNDED BY The Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

Course outline

Session one: Introduction to the internet

  • Understanding the internet
  • Getting online
  • Using search engines
  • Staying safe online

Session two: Introduction to email and online services

  • Introduction to email
  • Government services
  • Conducting everyday transactions

Session three:

  • Video calling and apps 
  • Skype and other video calling services
  • Introduction to mobile apps

Session four & five:

Choose two of the following:

  • Government online services
  • Video, TV and radio online
  • Shopping online
  • Online banking basics
  • Revision of a topic from a previous session

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‘LEAP’ (Local Enterprise Achievement Programme) with 8 schools in Waterford city and county. The schools involved are:- Light of Christ N.S. (Dunmore), Passage East N.S., Kilmacthomas Primary School, Holy Cross N.S. (Tramore), Mount Sion Primary School, Presentation Primary School, St. Mary’s N.S. (Ballygunner) and St. Saviour’s N.S.

200 primary school students aged 10-11 have some exciting ideas, inventions and companies being formed. Over the past few months, they have worked along-side junior achievement volunteers who are entrepreneurs from local companies and who are encouraging the children to become entrepreneurs and setting up their own businesses.

Junior Achievement Ireland would be delighted to invite you to view the classes where the students showcase their ideas, which will be held in the foyer of the WIT, School of Business on 29th & 30th May and the students will also have the opportunity to present their ideas and inventions to the F.R.O.G.S. (for recognition of greatness in students). If you would like to come along anytime between 10.15am and 12.30pm you would be very welcome.

We are all aware of the benefits for students, when they can make connections between their in-school work and what they see as the ‘real world’. JAI volunteers and Waterford Local Enterprise Office are working together to inspire and motivate students to make the most of their education and maximise their potential.

Junior Achievement is a not for profit organisation that has been working with the Irish Corporate sector to deliver practical life skills programmes into Irish primary and secondary schools for 20 years. In the last school year Junior Achievement volunteers delivered programmes to 60,000 students in Ireland with the support of 165 partner organisations who made available more than 3,000 volunteers.

On behalf of the team at JAI and the Waterford Local Enterprise Office, we look forward to the possibility of seeing you at the showcase!

As part of its expansion of world-class health care in Ireland, UPMC announced today that it has acquired the Whitfield Clinic in Waterford, as well as full control of the cancer centre that it has operated at the hospital through a joint venture for the past 12 years.

The 80-bed hospital has been renamed UPMC Whitfield. The cancer centre is now UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre, part of UPMC’s expansive network of more than 60 cancer treatment facilities, with access to the cutting-edge research and expertise available at the academic hub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

“The excellent staff and leadership at UPMC Whitfield and our UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre provide a solid foundation for our plans to grow high-quality health care services throughout the country.”

Added Ireland country manager and UPMC Vice President David Beirne, “We look forward to working with our consultant and insurance partners, as well as our dedicated staff, to expand the hospital’s capabilities. By accessing the clinical, research and technological innovations of UPMC, we anticipate adding needed services and employment at the UPMC Whitfield campus in the coming years.”

Opened in 2006, Whitfield Clinic is the largest private hospital in the South-East, serving a half million people in five counties and nationwide. UPMC Whitfield will build on its wide range of existing services, including orthopaedics, ophthalmology, oncology, endoscopy and other surgical specialties. With more than 50 consultants and 180 employees, the hospital has been growing rapidly in the past five years.

Also opened in 2006, the cancer centre within the hospital has treated more than 17,000 patients with the most advanced radiation therapy, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy. Recognising a local need, physicians and the Health Service Executive partnered with UPMC to provide an advanced cancer treatment centre that would care for patients close to home.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre at Whitfield is based on UPMC’s “hub-and-spoke” model in which a wide range of oncology services is offered in local communities with support from UPMC’s academic and clinical hub at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre in Pittsburgh. Based on its high-quality standards and patient safety, the centre in Waterford has been accredited three times by the Joint Commission International since 2008. Next year, in partnership with Bon Secours Health System Ltd., UPMC will open a radiotherapy centre in Cork.

WMBN Event May 2018

An event by the Waterford Micro Business Network kindly sponsored by the Local Enterprise Office

Put the Mojo back into your business and discover how to create promotional videos using your mobile phone. Delivered by Denise Whitmore, The Social Media Department.ie.

Date: Tuesday, 22nd May

Time: 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Venue: Dooley’s Hotel, The Quay, Waterford

Book your place early as this event will sell out fast!!


Date: Tuesday, 22nd May

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Cork Road Campus, WIT

Cost: Free

Now in its eighth year, Springboard+ has to date provided 47,000 free higher education places, primarily to jobseekers in need of upskilling or reskilling to allow them to re-enter the labour market. From last year, the eligibility criteria for Springboard+ was expanded to include homemakers and those in employment who wished to upskill or reskill to meet specific emerging skills needs in the ICT and Biopharma/Med Tech sectors.

This year, for the first time, Springboard+ courses will be extended so that all courses will now be open to people irrespective of their employment status.

  • Level 6 courses will remain free to all participants.
  • Returners and those in receipt of certain allowances, including Jobseekers Benefit, will continue to be able to access courses free of charge.
  • For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded by the Government, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

This change reflects the Government’s emphasis on the importance of life long learning and upskilling/reskilling throughout one’s career.

Find out more about Springboard+ opportunities for 2018 at WIT at our Springboard, Part-time & Postgrad Open Evening on Tuesday 22nd May.

Please support this event and check out our Facebook for updates: www.facebook.com/WFOArchitecture.

There are a number of events over the weekend from 18th – 20th May including free exhibitions; tours of buildings usually closed to the public; international sketching with Garter Lane; and much more. An event that may interest the business community in particular is a talk by well know architect James Pike on ‘Living over the Shop’.

There are proposed relaxation laws governing conversions of commercial and industrial units into residential. We are holding this event on Sat. 19th at 13.00 upstairs in the Kaz Bar.

All events are free. Thanks to our main sponsors, WCCC, Murphy International and local architects and engineers.


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