Cork Institute of Technology is to offer a world first in third-level education with a new degree in cloud computing.
It is hoped the course, which has been prepared in consultation with many top IT companies like EMC, Cisco and Microsoft, will boost Ireland's bid to become a global leader in the sector.
A recent report predicted cloud computing could employ over 8,500 people in Ireland, potentially bringing in €9.5bn by 2014.
The announcement comes just 24 hours after the latest cloud computing investment as leading Silicon Valley firm Marketo yesterday selected Ireland for their European hub, citing our "large talent pool of skilled people".
The course, which will be taught remotely on a full- or part-time basis, will begin in September with an intake of 20 masters students.
It will be officially launched in Dublin today by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn.