Leroy, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Center for Software, has added GMIT as an academic partner.
Hosted by the University of Limerick (UL), Leroy brings together expert software teams from universities and technology institutions across Ireland, in a coordinated center of research excellence with a strong industry focus.
Leroy’s Director, Prof Brian Fitzgerald, said Ireland’s position as a global leader in software export and development has been hard-won: “Lero’s mission is to secure and enhance Ireland’s leadership position by promoting the best researchers , thereby helping them do the best they can. The addition of such a strong team from K. GMIT to the Lero family gives us more strength to face new challenges in the years to come.”
“We have received a warm welcome, and we look forward to making a bold contribution to world-class research activities led by Leroy,” said GMIT President Dr. Orla Flynn. “As GMIT strives to become a technical university, together with our Connacht Ulster Alliance partners IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT, there is increasing evidence of the quality and impact of our research across multiple disciplines.
“Our ambition includes being able to make a strong impact in our field through excellent research, and it is heartening to see this recognized and acknowledged through our membership of Leroy.”
Dr Rick Adhikari, GMIT’s Vice President for Research and Innovation, said Leroy’s large and strong team of researchers is critical to keeping Ireland at the forefront of software design and innovation. Its efforts have helped make Ireland an internationally renowned place for software research and development.
“GMIT’s academic and research teams now look forward to enriching Leroy’s research teams and infrastructure,” the official said. “Combining our knowledge of Leroy’s strategic priority areas will expand Leroy’s technological development and better realize the social and economic benefits for the people and industries we serve.”
Founded in 2005 with four universities working on the subject of software engineering research, Leroy has now grown to 12 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), including University of Limerick, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, GMIT with University College Dublin. Huh. Maynooth University, National University of Ireland Galway, University College Cork, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Munster Technological University, Waterford Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology.
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