Exactly 10 years ago the first brick of the Villamayor Campus was laid in the place where today the University´s Science Park stands. It´s infrastructures consist of 22,176 square meters and another 97,000 square meters of free space for its expansion.

I cannot express my gratitude enough to the rector, Daniel Hernández Ruipérez, for his faith in this large scale project thanks to which we have been able to carry out our Research and Transfer Plan that considered an impetus strategy for the Park and another strategy for entrepreneurship. It will be completed in 2017. In addition, we have launched a series of independent programs for the promotion of research.

When I was appointed General Manager of the Park, I developed a Research and Transfer Plan that included an impetus strategy for the Park and entrepreneurship, to be carried out within a period of two years, 2015-2017. It involved the upgrading of independent research financing programs.

The figures generated by the Science Park make us very proud. More than 800 jobs with more than 400 jobs created with our own investments and a total of 25 million euros per year in wages, this is not a small thing!

And we continue to bet for entrepreneurship, as demonstrated by the 500 entrepreneurs who are part of our entrepreneurship club. This places the University of Salamanca among the top ten in Spain that most support entrepreneurship.

Many people who have worked hard during the last ten years so that we could be where we are today. I am very thankful for their efforts and would like to express my gratitude to all those who have promoted our facilities and who, at times, had to make delicate and difficult decisions. We can now say that the Park is creditworthy in comparison to the rest of Science Parks in Spain.

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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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