About the Project

As a future-facing digital agency, National College of Ireland is proud to be a partner in a new European online masters programme, Digital4Business. Launched in March 2023, Digital4Business is a €19.92 million EU-funded project awarded under the DIGITAL Europe programme. It will accelerate digital transformation in Europe, helping businesses grow through innovation and the practical application of advanced digital skills. 

The Digital4Business Consortium includes 15 partners from seven EU countries — uniting some of Europe’s most prestigious higher education institutes, research centres, training providers and industry partners.

A new generation of digital decision-makers

Our consortium of business leaders and academic experts are developing a comprehensive online masters programme that will bridge the growing skills gap in the European jobs market. Our graduates will lead the next generation of digital decision-makers, enhancing the European workforce with in-demand practical digital skills, backed by a rigorous academic grounding. Modules include AI, data science, cybersecurity, digital transformation and cloud computing. 

The fully accredited and industry-certified masters will be chiefly taught online, with optional seminars, guest lectures and in-person networking events. The practical nature of the programme will be enhanced through dedicated work experience opportunities and mobility programmes with some of Europe’s most high-profile organisations. It’s the future of business training.


Our Contribution
NCI participates in Digital4Business via The Cloud Competency Centre. By fostering these connections, we bridge the gap between academia and industry, facilitating knowledge exchange and driving real-world impact.

Participants in Digital4Business

The DIGITAL4Business consortium includes the following 15 Partners from 7 EU countries consisting of Higher Education Institutes, Research Centres, Training Providers and Industry partners.

UDS (Germany)

UDS, Germany, founded in 2017, is a vital accredited German university focused on digital science as a vital reflection for individual, collective, socio-economical, and political decisions. The UDS is an entirely new type of university focused on digital transformation. As Europe's first 100% digitally designed, platform-based university, digitization with all its facets is the focus of research and teaching. UDS stands for its unique entrepreneurial "thinking & acting" teaching and learning approach, which educates our graduates and executives to create value through deep digital understanding.

Linköping University (Sweden)

Linköping University is a Swedish university with 35,900 students in four faculties: Engineering, Humanities, Medicine and Education. LiU is also an AI research excellence centre with strong and broad research and education in AI both from a technical and interdisciplinary perspective that combines a long history with driving the development of AI towards the future.

CINI (Italy)

CINI (National Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics), a consortium of 49 public Italian universities, is today the main point of reference for the national academic research in the fields of Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Technologies involving 1,300+ professors of both computer science and computer engineering. CINI aims at providing added value to the member Universities, the Italian production system, the Italian Public Administration, and the overall country, being the representative of the almost whole Italian Academic Informatics Community.

Adecco Formazione (Mylia) (Italy)

Adecco Group is "the world's most important HR solutions and consulting multi-brand platform, which covers a variety of services including workforce solutions, recruitment, technology consulting, training, career transition and talent development."

Skillnet Ireland (Ireland)

Skillnet Ireland is a business support agency of the Government of Ireland, responsible for advancing the competitiveness, productivity, and innovation of businesses through workforce development. Skillnet Ireland focuses on the upskilling challenges of businesses today including climate action, digital transformation, SME innovation and leadership. Our over 70 Skillnet Business Networks and national upskilling initiatives, deliver targeted responses and give companies, especially SMEs, access to effective and affordable skills solutions. Skillnet Ireland has developed, in close partnership with industry and higher education institutions, a wide range of new post-graduate programmes in a wide range of areas including AI, cloud, blockchain, robotics, digitalisation of medtech, manufacturing, and cyber security.

National College of Ireland (Ireland)

National College of Ireland is among Ireland's most innovative third-level institutions. Through its Cloud Competency Centre, NCI remains committed to bridging high-performance computing, distributed ledger technologies, data analytics, and parallel processing with ongoing business and economic developments to produce quality postgraduate education, research outputs, and collaborations with academic institutions, funding agencies, and companies.

DTSL (Ireland)

DTSL (Digital Technology Skills Ltd), is a leading influence in the field of skills training, management development and the introduction of human performance improvement and impact measurement in Ireland. DTSL has extensive expertise in developing, launching, and sustaining skills programmes, frameworks, and pathways both accredited and non-accredited, across a wider spectrum of capabilities and competencies. Today within our Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet portfolio we have designed and delivered twelve MSc programmes, creating several programmes to support both technologist and business leaders. We are currently involved in seven other EU funded projects.

Matrix Internet (Ireland and Belgium)

Matrix Internet is a digital agency with over 20 years of experience and passionate about making a positive difference to the future of Europe through some of the EU's most important digital skills programmes. Our team of 50+ people hail from 21 different countries and bring an international mindset and a human centric approach to every project with one aim - success.

Akkodis (Italy)

Akkodis is a global leader in the engineering and R&D market that is leveraging the power of connected data to accelerate innovation and digital transformation. With a shared passion for technology and talent, 50,000 engineers and digital experts deliver deep cross-sector expertise in 30 countries across North America, EMEA and APAC. Akkodis offers broad industry experience, and strong know-how in key technology sectors such as mobility, software & technology services, robotics, testing, simulations, data security, AI & data analytics. The combined IT and engineering expertise brings a unique end-to-end solution offering, with four service lines — Consulting, Solutions, Talents and Academy — to support clients in rethinking their product development and business processes, improve productivity, minimize time to market and shape a smarter and more sustainable tomorrow. Akkodis is part of the Adecco Group.

LHH (Germany)

A division of The Adecco Group — the world's leading HR solutions partner — LHH have 4,000 coaches and colleagues work with more than 7,000 organizations in over 60 countries around the world, helping individuals and organisations navigate workforce changes. We have the local expertise, global infrastructure, and industry leading technology to manage the complexity of critical workforce initiatives and the challenges of transformation. It is why 60% of the Fortune 500 companies choose to work with us.

NOVA IMS (Portugal)

The NOVA Information Management School was founded in 1989 and is currently recognized in Europe as a reference institution in data science. NOVA IMS has about 3.000 students enrolled in 10 awarding degree programs, four of them ranked in the world's top 4 of the Best Masters Ranking 2022 by Eduniversal. Our research is structured around four research streams (Geoinformatics, Data Science, Information Systems, and Marketing) with a team of 80 senior and junior professors and researchers, some appearing in the 2022 top 2% and top 1% Scientists List provided by Stanford University. In the pursuit of excellence and interdisciplinary, NOVA IMS already has extensive experience in research projects, with over 40 national and international ongoing projects, 19 of them funded by the European Commission.

Schuman Associates (Belgium)

Schuman Associates is the leading EU business advisory firm in Brussels with over 30 years' experience in European funding and public affairs. We serve a broad range of clients from governments and large multinational corporations to trade associations and NGOs. We work closely with our clients to influence policy, unlock EU funding, win new business, and deliver successful projects. SA have considerable experience managing and delivering EU funded projects under programmes such as Erasmus+, DIGITAL, Horizon Europe, and direct contracts for various EC DGs and Agencies.

Terawe Technologies Limited (Ireland)

Terawe Technologies Limited is a subsidiary of Terawe Corporation, a Global IT Solutions and Services company. Terawe are leaders in cloud technologies including Data, AI, Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, Fog and Edge Computing, and IoT. The company also has extensive expertise in new and emergent technologies including Cognitive Services and Mixed Reality.

University of Bologna (Italy)

University of Bologna is the oldest university in continuous operation in the world having been founded in Italy in 1088, and the first degree-awarding institution of higher learning. The word "universitas" was first coined when Universita di Bologna was formed. It is the most populated university community in Italy, with 86.000 enrolled students, 2800 teaching professors (full, associate and assistant) and 3000 technical-administrative staff. UNIBO is a comprehensive higher education institution with 32 departments and 219 Degree Programmes: 92 first cycle programmes (BA), 114 second cycle programmes (MA) and 13 single cycle programmes. UNIBO also offers 45 PhD programmes, 52 specialisation schools, 74 professional courses, 16 of which are international.

Paris 8 University (France)

University Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis, founded in 1969 as the so-called "experimental university centre of Vincennes" issued from the historical University of Paris, is specialized in Social sciences and Humanities (Political Sciences, Arts, Geopolitics, Gender studies, links between SSH, health and technologies, etc.) and has several components of whom the University Institute of Technology (IUT) of Montreuil. IUT of Montreuil offers training and teaching methods combining theory and practice. These training courses are divided into 4 professional areas:

  • Business and administration
  • Information & Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Supply Chain and quality management.
Proud partner of Digital4Business
Together with our consortium partners, we are reshaping the European digital landscape with a new online masters programme that merges academia and industry.