Galway and the West region have been continuously endorsed by global brands in Life Sciences, Software Development, Telecommunications and the Games industries. These knowledge-intensive companies are drawn to the area due to the skilled, multilingual workforce and local expertise in Business, Science, Engineering and Management.
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The West has proven an ideal location for some of the world’s top multinationals, including the likes of Coca-Cola and SAP. Its population of 380,000 provides a highly educated, dynamic workforce, and its proximity to two airports means it is a highly accessible location, even for international visitors. It also benefits from an impressive road and rail network putting Ireland’s major centres, such as Dublin and Belfast, within easy reach.
The West Region has a globally recognised cluster of Life Science multinationals, including Boston Scientific, Allergan and Medtronic. It also has a proven track record in the Services Sector, with globally recognised multinational companies such as Hewlett Packard, CISCO, and EA Games located there. This has produced a thriving knoweldge base and co-operative culture amongst the clusters of organisations based in the West.
There are two third-level institutes in the City – National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). They support a combined student population of around 22,000 and a graduate output of approximately 8,000 per annum.
Both NUIG and GMIT collaborate closely with industry and have successful research centres, such as the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Indeed, both are renowned as expert research-led institutions. Organisations in the region benefit from several research facilities including: National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES); Regenerative Medicine Institute; Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB); Centre for Chromosome Biology (CCB) and Galway Medical Technologies Centre (GMedTech).
Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the west coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre. The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café/bar culture. The city is also well known for its many festivals throughout the year with huge crowds gathering for the annual Galway Arts Festival, Races and numerous other events. Old Ireland is present too with traditional music featuring in many pubs.
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IDA Ireland has today announced that it will be partnering with Science Gallery International to bring an innovative exhibition, PORTALS, to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting taking place in Davos next week. PORTALS was curated collaboratively by Science Gallery International and the World Economic Forum, and features four immersive gateways that invite participants into wholly different realities and ways of experiencing the world.
Craigavon, N.I., 18 January 2018 – Almac Group, the global contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing organisation, today confirmed the successful completion of Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) inspections of Almac Clinical Services Ireland and Almac Pharma Services Ireland at its European campus in Dundalk, Ireland.
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