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Students urged to consider language and technology in college

Posted by Francis O' Toole on January 25, 2012

The Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL) consortium has produced a guide urging secondary students to consider taking up a language and technology in college for a career in the localisation sector.
The new guide is a result of academia-industry research from the CNGL consortium which is comprised of four Irish universities, Irish-based multinationals, including IBM and Microsoft, and SMEs such as Alchemy Software Development and VistaTEC.
It hopes to educate students, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents on the localisation sector to help continue its growth.
It also lists courses around computing, languages and business to provide a foundation for the area. “At present, there are approximately 16,000 people working directly in the localisation sector in Ireland,” said Dr Páraic Sheridan, associate director at CNGL. “Localisation is critical to so many industries, including software, games, financial services and medical devices, in bringing their products to foreign markets, so it really is vital to Ireland’s export-led recovery.
Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock spoke at the launch of the guide, pointing out that localisation is a growth area in Ireland with opportunities for future graduates to build a career in this field. “Many of the world’s largest software and web companies co-ordinate their localisation activities in Ireland and the sector contributes an estimated €680m annually to the Irish economy,” said Sherlock.
Laura O’Brien, Siliconrepublic, 24/1/2012


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