A new diploma in business and management is being offered by Queen's University.
The Leadership Institute at the new £15m Graduate Executive and Education Centre at Riddel Hall, has been chosen to deliver postgraduate qualifications to students involved in InterTradeIreland's all-Ireland FUSION programme.
The scheme links businesses with high-calibre graduates and third-level education institutions, allowing them to access research and expertise at academic institutions in Northern Ireland and the Republic.
The course will be delivered to about 150 science, technology and engineering graduates over the next three years.
Anne Clydesdale, director of the Leadership Institute at Queen's, said the partnership would make Ireland, north and south, a more attractive proposition to international investors.
"By enhancing the competitiveness of local companies across Ireland, and delivering a high quality postgraduate qualification from Queen's University, our partnership with the FUSION programme will have a highly significant and positive impact on the economy," she said.
"Queen's already has very close links with the local business community thanks to its Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme.
"The university is the lead institution in the UK for KTPs, and has helped more than 300 companies boost profits through knowledge transfer. Through the InterTradeIreland venture we will continue to strengthen our ties with industry and see more companies cross our threshold."
Margaret Hearty, director of programmes and business services at InterTradeIreland, said FUSION companies see over £1m of sales or efficiency savings in the three years following the project.
"Through access to high-calibre graduates and world-class researchers and teaching staff, they have the potential to develop and improve products and services, streamline business processes, implement new technologies and increase sales and reduce costs - benefits that, in today's environment, can be the difference between a business succeeding or not," she said.