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TUS and Future Mobility Campus Ireland Partnership to Ensure Future of Autonomous Vehicle Industry in the Region

TUS Autonomous Vehicles Launch 041 web
  • 1st March 2024

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) has partnered with Future Mobility Campus Ireland to develop and deliver a post graduate programme in Autonomous Vehicles, thereby securing the Mid West’s position as a global leader in this emerging sector.

The programme will up-skill those already working in this cutting-edge sector, ensuring a skilled workforce for the future and using the most sophisticated infrastructure and autonomous vehicles available in Ireland as part of the training process.

Wassim Derguech, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of FMCI and President of TUS Professor Vincent Cunnane driving the future. Photo Brian Arthur

Speaking at the launch of the new programme, President of TUS Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “For the last number of years the Mid-West region has become a global player in the development and testing of autonomous vehicles, be they vehicles on the road, robotics on land, or drones in the air.  Global innovators and market leaders such as Jaguar Land Rover, General Motors, Analog Devices, Cisco, Mergon, Provisio and Valeo among others all have operations and employment bases in Ireland.

“This cutting-edge emerging sector delivers boundless opportunities which will ultimately change the way we live. TUS is proud to have partnered with Ireland’s leading test-bed and development centre at Future Mobility Campus Ireland in developing and delivering this new Postgraduate Diploma in Autonomous Vehicles.”

President of TUS Professor Vincent Cunnane and CEO and Co-founder of Future Mobility Campus Ireland, Russell Vickers at the launch of the new Autonomous Vehicle Post Graduate Programme

CEO and Co-founder of Future Mobility Campus Ireland, Russell Vickers said, “This strategic collaboration with TUS aligns with our vision of shaping the future of advanced mobility by preparing individuals to excel in the dynamic field of autonomous vehicles. It is imperative to cultivate a pool of talent equipped with highly sought-after skills. Our collaboration with TUS is an important enabler for providing students with a comprehensive curriculum and hands-on experience. We are not only contributing to the academic landscape but also fostering the growth of an advanced mobility ecosystem in Ireland and internationally.”

The Autonomous Vehicles Postgraduate Diploma is funded by the Higher Education Authority through the Human Capital initiative, enabling eligible students avail of 90% funding support (students pay €875). The programme, developed and informed by industry, runs for a year and a half, and will be delivered online in the evening time with monthly weekend workshops in FMCI, a workload designed to work for those in employment. At the end of the 1.5 years, students have the opportunity to continue their studies and progress to a Masters Degree.