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SAP to fund Irish students

Software firm SAP is looking to fund between five and 10 students in Ireland through third-level education, as part of an expansion of its Germany-based vocational training programme.

The German multinational, which employs 1,650 people in Ireland, will pay the students €22,000 a year for the duration of their studies and will rotate their studies between the German university and offices in Germany, Ireland and elsewhere.

The college fees will be covered by the German state and at least two return trips a year between Ireland and Germany will also be paid for.

SAP Ireland chief executive Liam Ryan said the students from Ireland would have no obligation to work for SAP after they graduated, but the company would be hoping to hire them and give them a permanent position.