Staff from Northern Ireland's Skillset Media Academy visit Google Dublin

Staff from Northern Ireland's Skillset Media Academy outside Google's headquarters for Europe, Middle East and Africa

Members of the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy met with senior executives of Google and Microsoft as part of a fact-finding mission on the future direction of digital media.

The study tour to Dublin, part-funded by Connected, also included representatives from Digital Circle, Nothern Ireland's digital media industry group and University of Ulster's school of languages and literature.

The tour on 6 and 7 November 2008 also met with exectives of the National Digital Research Centre and Digital Hub in Dublin and Dun Laghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology's Cube digital media incubation centre.