EMC has partnered with Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to launch the first cloud computing degree in Ireland.

The company's Irish business, EMC Information Systems International, has been working with CIT to develop one-year Masters and undergraduate degree programmes which can be delivered remotely, or on campus.

The courses are designed to teach graduates the specialist technical skills required for delivering cloud computing, which the Irish government has identified as a key driver for growth and jobs in the country.

"Cloud computing is the future of technology and is likely to revolutionise the operation of businesses in Ireland if we grasp its potential," said Ruairi Quinn, minister for education and skills in Ireland.

Topics covered by the course include cloud architecture planning and management, design and management of virtual environments, consolidation of data centres, cloud application development and data mining.

Twenty Masters degree places will be available initially, starting in September 2011, and are aimed at computer science graduates. The course can be studied either full-time or part-time through a combination of face-to-face and online sessions.

More information on the degree can be found here.