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Portugal combats cloud tech skills gap

A new partnership between Portugal Telecom (PT) and Beira Interior University (BIU) aims to combat the cloud tech skills gap by providing students with access to specialist labs and research. The project will create four


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laboratories in Covilhã, Portugal, that allow students to carry out research and development projects, create intellectual capital and develop professional skills. The four facilities will provide specialist equipment for work in cloud computing, health technology, professional paths and certifi cation in cloud, and software testing and validation. PT has worked closely with UBI in

MOOC to aid cancer bat le

Sheffi eld Hallam has joined the fi ght against one of the UK's biggest cancer killers by launching a MOOC in Enhancing Prostate Cancer Care. In collaboration with Prostate

Cancer UK the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been designed to give healthcare professionals, patients and carers as well as those with a keen interest in the disease, the chance to expand their expertise and to improve their knowledge of prostate cancer. The University and the charity

have developed the fi ve-week programme to cover key areas such as diagnosis, treatment, end-of-life

care and survivorship. The course is open to health

professionals, students, patients and carers. It will be delivered in collaboration with e-portfolio system, PebblePad via an online interactive workbook, discussion forums and live webinars with Sheffi eld Hallam academics, medical specialists and guest speakers provided by Prostate Cancer UK. Registration is now open for the free

course which will start on 13 October 2014. It will be the fi rst time the University has introduced a MOOC to its extensive course off ering.

the last few years to provide support training, innovation and development (I&D) and entrepreneurship. The relationship has taken on a new dimension since the launch of PT’s Covilhã data centre last September – a state-of-the-art facility which is one of the largest, most effi cient and ecological data centres in the world. In addition to the new Cloud

Computing, Health, Professional Certifi cation and Software Testing Labs, PT and UBI are looking to expand into other domains in the near future, integrating even more vital skills. The new centre will be well placed to respond to new demands in emerging markets within IT and cloud services. Portugal Telecom’s CEO of Cloud Unit,

Miguel Moreira, said: “The partnership agreement reinforces the strong relationship between PT and UBI, as well as bringing the scientifi c world and the business world closer together. “Investing in preparation of skilled

workers and the creation of intellectual capital is an incredibly important responsibility for the technology sector, especially in the fast-moving world of cloud computing. The partnership will also help contribute to the economic development of the region, at racting new businesses and consequently creating new skilled jobs.”

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