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Queen's Uni Belfast opens Computer Science hub

The University has invested £14m in the state-of-the-art building, which is supporting the expansion of computer science

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | March 31, 2017 | Technology

An iconic and world class Computer Science hub has been opened at Queen’s University Belfast.

The hub was officially opened in March by Ian Loughran, a Queen’s graduate who is now Head of Americas Sales Operations at Google.

STEM subjects are increasingly important to Northern Ireland’s economy and are currently in demand in the local labour market. As the engine house of Northern Ireland, Queen’s is working with key industry players to ensure graduates are highly trained and employment ready.

President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, Professor Patrick Johnson, commented: “This investment by Queen’s is part of the University’s £700m Capital Development Programme, which is transforming our campus and continuing to develop as a university that is a beacon of leaning and innovation.

“The colourfully-redeveloped Computer Science Building will allow the 1,000 students reading computing-related subjects to have access to state-of-the-art facilities. The impressive design fits the requirements of our world-class university and supports our outstanding students and staff in conducting leading-edge education and research, focused on the needs of global society. This redevelopment would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors and donors; The Garfield Weston Foundation, First Derivatives and Allstate.” 

The colourfully-redeveloped Computer Science Building will allow the 1,000 students reading computing-related subjects to have access to state-of-the-art facilities

Ian Loughran, who officially opened the hub, commented: “I'm delighted to see this investment in Northern Ireland and specifically at Queen’s. Computer Science education is critical, not only because of the growing number of computer related jobs but also because it develops key skills, which foster new ideas and drive innovation in tech and other fields.”

The redevelopment was completed in nine months, its modern and colourful exterior boasts glass fins which represent digital code– a main mathematical aspect of computer science. The hub spans four floors and includes labs and break-out spaces, providing a meeting place for creative learning and a new mode of teaching.

Photos: Paul McErlean Photography

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