Mallow Town – A Centre of Excellence

An ambitious project is being backed by Intel, University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Avondhu Blackwater Partnership and the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning (NCE-MSTL) based at the University of Limerick (UL) to make Mallow a centre of excellence for learning and knowledge.  This will be established by creating partnerships between the schools, third-level colleges and businesses in Mallow, to ensure the town produces a generation equipped to work in the future economy.

Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe who launched Mallow: Join the Move project and said it will encourage inward investment and create jobs. The ambitious scheme will see the town become:

  • A national pilot centre for new approaches to the teaching of science and mathematics.
  • One of the country’s leading information technology communities.
  • An IT and medical research hub.
  • One of the country’s most concentrated field-trial locations for new wireless technologies.

“This project will contribute to the development of a workforce that is mathematics and science proficient and to the development of future economic success in north Cork, based on knowledge intensive industries,” said chairman of Mallow Development Partnership John McDonnell.

Skill AuditThe group is now embarking to create a skills survey to create a database for potential foreign and indigenous investors and has produced a promotional DVD for the town, which will be used by the IDA and Enterprise Ireland. Avondhu Blackwater through the Local and Community Development Programme funded both of these projects.

Mr McDonnell, a former secretary general of SIPTU, also said “We refuse to accept the current sentiment that everything is hopeless. We are about promoting our strengths of which there are very many,” said Mr McDonnell.

To log on to the Skills Database go to www.mallow.ie. The purpose of this survey is to assist Mallow Town in encouraging inward investment and creating employment in Mallow and its environs. The information will be used purely to generate data to assist Mallow in developing a skills database and guarantees confidentiality. None of the information submitted will be circulated to other agencies.

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