Five IT and engineering students have recently been awarded places on a scholarship programme, each securing an unrivalled package worth up to £25,000.
Launched in 2008, in co-operation with Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster, the Asidua Scholarship Programme aims to attract fresh talent into the Northern Ireland IT sector by offering successful students practical support and financial assistance.
Charlotte McGarry, Conor McAteer, Luke Donnelly, Matthew Shaw and Saoirse McCann will continue with their first year studies at Queen's University Belfast and University of Ulster Magee, returning this summer to begin their first industrial placement with the global IT software and telecoms services provider.
In this year's intake, four Queen's University Belfast students were successfully placed.
The Asidua Scholarship Programme has grown successfully since being launched in 2008 and has successfully awarded 22 full scholarships to local students.
Asidua chief operations officer, Angela Canavan said that this year has seen an increase in both the standard and number of applications to the programme.
"We're confident our scholarship programme can help Charlotte, Conor, Luke, Matthew and Saoirse further stand out from their university peers by giving them the necessary skills, training and vital experience which are needed to make a successful IT career," she said.
Dr Philip Hanna, assistant director of education for the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's University Belfast, said that the programme continues to impress him each year.
"The Asidua scholarship programme provides a really fantastic opportunity for our students to stand out in their peer group," he said. "Each year I'm impressed with what the scholars accomplish within their university modules. This comes about thanks to the experiences and skills the scholars gain working with Asidua."