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Connected 4 Launch

10 October 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of the fourth phase of the Department for the Economy’s successful ‘Connected’ programme - Connected 4.

Connected aims to encourage, ease and increase knowledge exchange links between academia and industry, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Connected is a partnership project by Queen’s University, Ulster University, the Open University and the six Further Education colleges, and demonstrates that the further and higher education sectors in Northern Ireland are ready and willing to share their vast pool of expertise, knowledge, research capability and world-class facilities with local businesses.

Trevor Cooper, Director of Higher Education Policy & Finance, Department for the Economy said:

“Since its launch as a pilot programme in 2007, Connected has enabled companies to gain access to world-class expertise, technology and research from Northern Ireland’s universities and colleges, assisting them to boost their competitiveness, develop new products and increase market opportunities.”

“Connected 4 will continue to develop a broad and growing portfolio of industrial support networks spanning Queen’s University, Ulster University, the Open University and all six further education colleges, giving businesses coordinated access to the full portfolio of expertise right across Northern Ireland’s higher and further education sectors, in terms of research, product development, knowledge transfer, innovation, skills and training.”

Connected Business Development Manager, Lynn Connaughton, said:
“Connected continues to provide an effective link between our colleges, universities and our business community. Connected provides the right conditions where innovation can exist, creating the interface and support needed for companies to seamlessly engage with universities and colleges.”

For more information contact the Connected Business Development Manager; Lynn Connaughton: