The South East Region with a population of 511,070 consists of five counties, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary. The South East is home to 72 multinational companies employing 13,349 people. The main clusters are in High Value Manufacturing (Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Engineering), International Business Services, Financial Services and Technology.
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Companies in the Region can draw from a strong talent pool with key skills in the area of Life Sciences, Med Tech, Engineering, International Business, Financial Services and Technology. Third-level education is provided by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Tipperary, offering an highly engaged student population and strong research capabilities in the areas of Engineering, Medtech, (SEAM) Pharmaceuticals(PMBRC) and Mobile Technology (TSSG).
WIT is Ireland’s leading research-informed Institute of Technology with a global reputation for innovation and research excellence. The Institute’s current student population is close to 10,000 across Science and Informatics, Engineering and Architecture, Business, Education, Humanities, Health and Nursing. The Institute has been focused on creativity and research innovation as a driver of the knowledge society for over 20 years and plays a key role in the Region’s social, cultural and economic development. It is a truly international environment with students from 70 countries and strategic collaboration partnerships with over 300 education and industry partners.
IT Carlow has over 5,000 full and part-time students. The college is dynamic, reflecting the needs of industry. A good example of the latter has been the development of Financial Services courses in conjunction with BNY Mellon in Wexford. IT Carlow has developed outreach facilities in Wexford (Wexford Campus) and Wicklow.
LIT Tipperary has two campuses, in Thurles and Clonmel, both of which are dedicated to providing high-quality education in a wide range of programmes mainly in the area of Multimedia and Computing.
The South East Region is a cost competitive location with an enviable quality of life. Short commute times and easy access to its vibrant towns, rural getaways and coastal villages and resorts make it a very attractive region to live in. It is home to a number of award winning Restaurants and Hotels and it is a key location within Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism offering with the richness and variety of it’s heritage sites. Craft and culture is at the heart of the Region with iconic brand Waterford Crystal, the Crafts Council of Ireland, the National Heritage Council and Kilkenny Design Workshops all located in the Region.
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Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, today announced that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, officially opened a €85 million extension at the company’s Waterford, Ireland facility to help meet the consumer demand of its contact lens portfolio, specifically Biotrue® ONEday daily disposable contact lenses.
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