On 16 July, the diploma award ceremony was held for the first edition of MasterTECH, a training programme promoted by IKERLAN and Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa, with the aim of training professionals specialising in strategic areas for Basque industry and with a high demand for qualified professionals. The first edition focused on advanced electronic systems and the second edition, starting in October, will focus on data analysis and cybersecurity.
This first edition of the master's degree, in which 9 people took part, focused on a subject in which there is a great demand for professionals specialised in Basque industry: advanced electronic systems. Information technology (IT), telecommunications and the field of software and hardware have become a priority for companies, the economy and industry. This is a field in which there is already an obvious shortage of professionals and this trend is expected to become even more pronounced in the coming years.
At the end-of-course ceremony, the general manager of IKERLAN Ion Etxeberria referred to the context of the start-up of MasterTECH: "both at IKERLAN and in the surrounding companies, we are suffering the consequences of the lack of professionals in specific specialities and, as a solution, we have decided to get involved in the training of professionals and contribute to the further development of the profiles we need in the industry".
Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa and the IKERLAN technology centre have been collaborating closely together for more than 45 years and this master's degree represents an important step forward in the consolidation of this collaboration, focused on "training professionals in strategic disciplines for Basque industry", according to Bixente Atxa, rector of Mondragon Unibertsitatea.
MasterTECH is a training programme aimed at professionals, with the participation of teachers of experts of different profiles: teachers and researchers from Mondragon Unibertsitatea and research staff from IKERLAN. According to the participants in the master's degree, it is a combination that allows you to learn aspects that are not taught at any university, with a practical vision and 100% oriented to the needs of companies.
After the success of the first edition of MasterTECH, IKERLAN and Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa are preparing a second edition for the next course focused on data analysis and cybersecurity.