Bell’s ringing endorsement of research [in Ireland] – The Irish Times – Fri, Feb 05, 2010
This is the way to go:
The president of Bell Labs tells Karlin Lillington why he is so happy with the research lab’s work in Ireland
BELL LABS views its research lab in Dublin as a “spectacular success” –- which is why its president Jeong Kim said this week that the Irish lab would quadruple its number of high-level researchers.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs – one of the world’s most famed technology research labs – has been considered a jewel in Ireland’s research crown since it set up a modest operation five years ago. It currently employs 27 researchers and the plan is to add 70 more in the next five years.
Kim, a thoughtful, polite Korean and a successful researcher, academic and entrepreneur (he joined Lucent when it bought out his company in 1998), says: “What’s unique about the Irish location is the special collaboration here between academia and government. The Government is quite visionary, to my mind.”
In what way? Over the five years that Bell Labs has been in Ireland, Kim says, the Government has taken on board the need to move from low-end manufacturing and outsourcing to higher-end jobs in areas like research, continuing to invest in a downturn.