The International Centre for Graduate Education in Micro & Nano Engineering (ICGEE) is a Graduate Research Education Programmes (GREP), funded by the Irish Research Council, IRC. The ICGEE programme is an inter-university, inter-disciplinary programme created to improve the number and quality of doctoral graduates from participating member institutions. It achieves this by bringing together a consortium involving a number of third level higher education institutions across Ireland along with the Irish engineering professional accreditation body, Engineers Ireland. The programme relies on the collective strengths of the partner institutions and pools the combined scientific and pedagogical expertise into a single education programme that provides a coherent and collaborative curriculum of the highest quality.
The Programme has at its core the principle that the engineering sector is of fundamental importance and that the quality of engineering education therefore has a direct impact on the ability of Ireland as a nation to compete in the increasingly global competitive environment of this 21st century. Based on this principle the vision for ICGEE is a National and International engineering graduate education centre capable of producing engineering doctoral graduates able to not only participate but play a future leadership role in a diverse, globally-engaged engineering workforce and 21st century innovation society. To achieve this, the centre provides a student-centric doctoral research and education experience with a unique cross-institutional and international flavour and perspective with the ultimate long-term goal of the provision of a sustainable International PhD and International Engineering Programme.
To achieve this, the ICGEE programme ensures that students acquire a grounding of an international standard in the key subjects underpinning their original research area. This will facilitate them in understanding the engineering science and technology in their specialist research field. However, future leaders must also be conversant with how to exploit this original knowledge for the benefit of society – to enhance the competitiveness of industry, to promote growth, employment and higher living standards and to improve the quality of life in terms of health and the environment. Therefore, key transferable skills modules in areas Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation form an integral part of our education programme.