The demand for computer scientists, engineers and marketing specialists has grown in recent years. The University must therefore be prepared to sure an outlet into this job market.

The most recent “Employment Forum” hosted by the newspaper La Gaceta de Salamanca, highlighted the role of the Science Park in the job market. Alongside representatives of three companies located in the park, I had the opportunity to present my impressions.

I presented my assessment of the current situation in the job market where, despite changes in the economic model, we can see an increasing demand for professionals in the field of informatics, marketing and engineering. Those of us at the Science Park are fully aware of this situation, being witness to how this type of company continues to thrive. At present there are nearly 800 people who work in our facilities, generating approximately 20 million euros in salaries. This is why the role of the University of Salamanca is so fundamental when it comes to competing against other universities throughout the world. We must continue working to improve our educational programmes and ensure that when our students join the labour force, they do so equipped with the most demanded transversal competences.

I believe that the secret to success in the labour market lies in proper training, knowledge of languages and computers, and strong aptitudes. With these elements, the University is committed to fostering entrepreneurship and making it possible for students to develop projects as they near the end of their studies. To do so, it is imperative to continue working with local and regional institutions to obtain the financing required to make our projects a reality.

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José Alberto García, director of Centro de Innovación Viewnext, assured us that Salamanca is becoming the centre of ICT given the number of students who graduate from the Universities and Institutes and the collaboration between the worlds of academia and business.

According to Félix Hernández, director of operations at UST-Global España, ICT is the sector of the future, and our country is a strong source of qualified professionals to work in international projects from Salamanca.

Finally, Manuel Martín, director of software lab at Indra, claims that the Science Park is a magnet for ICT enterprises, which create new synergies amongst them as well as positive networking opportunities.

Ultimately, we must work together in this generation of employment with the aim of creating qualified and stable jobs.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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