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DIT secures €1m ErasmusPlus Knowledge Alliance

Posted: 5 September, 2016

Dublin Institute of Technology is the first Irish higher education institution to be awarded one of the EU's prestigious Knowledge Alliance projects under Erasmus+ for a project entitled "HubLinked: Strengthening Europe's Software Innovation Capacity".

DIT is one of just 20 European institutions to receive this award in the 2016 call.

According to Dr. Deirdre Lillis, Head of the DIT School of Computing, HubLinked aims to enhance innovation, participation and sharing of knowledge in the ICT sector. “The goal of HubLinked is to strengthen Europe’s software innovation capacity by learning from regions of proven ICT strength and sharing that knowledge with all regions. As the lead organisation, DIT will be working with our HubLinked academic and industry partners to achieve a number of key outcomes – for example, to improve the effectiveness of University-Industry linkages between computer science faculty and all companies; to develop global software innovators who can work in any sector; to increase the participation of females in the ICT sector; and to upskill academic and industry staff to collaborate in software innovation.”

Professor Brian O’Neill, Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise Services in DIT, welcomed the award and congratulated Dr. Lillis on securing the first ‘Knowledge Alliance’ award for Ireland.  “Dr. Lillis and her team put forward an excellent proposal which has been granted almost €1m in funding under Erasmus+ Key Action 2 - Co-operation.  HubLinked has the potential to contribute immensely to innovation and upskilling in this key sector.”

Dr. Lillis confirmed that the HubLinked partnership includes seven large, industry-focused computer science faculties and four industry partners which represent large multinationals, SMEs in both the software and other sectors, and start-up companies.   Partners in Ireland include SAP SSC (Ireland) and ISME – the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association.

“In addition to the four major industry partners, each higher education partner has an extensive network of industry partners and campus incubation units. We estimate the HubLinked partnership can directly reach over 3,000 companies, 12,000 students and 400 staff during the lifetime of the project. HubLinked will create a network of European ICT professionals that will increase the innovation capacity and competitiveness of European software hubs and help underpin education, research, innovation, trade and economic development for years to come!” 

HubLinked Partners include:

  • Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  •  University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (Germany)
  • Telecom Sud-Paris (France)
  • University of Applied Sciences Oulu (Finland)
  • Mälardalen University (Sweden)
  • University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • SAP SSC (Ireland)  
  • Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Ireland)
  • Eurocrea Merchant (Italy)
  • European Business Network (Belgium)
  • Kyungpook University (Korea)


The key HubLinked deliverables will be:

  • Practical guidelines for effective University-Industry linkages
  • the CSI4 curriculum framework for industry-oriented, internationalised, innovation-focused and interdisciplinary computer science degrees
  • four Global Labs modules whereby students turn real-world problems from any sector into ‘experience-appropriate’ prototypes
  • A portal of study and placement opportunities for students in major international software hubs
  • An online professional development for academic and industry staff
  • The HubLinked Association with a partner from each EU country.