The internet and tech giant first opened its EMEA Head Quarters in Dublin in 2003 with 100 employees. Just over 15 years later the EU HQ is now Google’s largest outside of the US, employing over 8,000 people from over 70 countries, speaking more than 75 languages. Google's relationship with Ireland continues to grow as a second €150 million data centre has just been green-lighted for development in Dublin. Google in Ireland Google’s original Irish mandate included a European Data Centre, Multilingual Editing, Customer Support and Financial Shared Services. Over the past 15 years major investments and expansions allowed Google to meet the diverse needs of its growing number of customers across the EMEA region. Silicon Dock Based in Dublin's historic docklands area, Google has expanded its facilities over the past 15 years to accommodate an ever growing workforce, which is based across four properties, including the tallest commercial building in Dublin. The Foundry, a Digital Innovation Centre, was opened in 2013. The area is now known as Silicon Dock as it buzzes with the latest tech start-ups and European HQs for some of the biggest tech companies in the world. University collaboration Google has a number of collaboration initiatives with Irish universities, which they are actively expanding. These cover areas such as recruiting, financial sponsorships, internships, tech talks with students and working with university faculties to develop seminars. More recently, Google has begun expanding research activities in EMEA and are in the process of bringing in research awards for faculties in Europe including Ireland.