- Teaching and research staff from both institutions share their knowledge in the areas of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.
The second edition of MasterTECH, the training program promoted by IKERLAN and Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa to train professionals specialized in strategic areas for the Basque industry, ended today, February 17, with the ceremony of awarding diplomas to the eight students from this second promotion, which has been focused on the fields of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.
These are areas in which there is a great demand for qualified personnel in the Basque industry and the IKERLAN technology center and Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa have opted to develop these profiles within the framework of the MasterTECH training offer.
In the first module, the students have acquired knowledge about the life cycle of AI models such as data analysis and validation and digitization platforms. On the other hand, in the cybersecurity module, subjects such as security in embedded and cloud systems, cybersecurity incident management, ethical hacking or cryptography have been taught.
MasterTECH is a specialisation programme aimed at professionals with expert teaching staff from different backgrounds: professors and researchers from Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa and researchers from IKERLAN. The students especially highlight that the master's degree addresses aspects in a practical format that are not taught in universities and, nevertheless, are strategic for the competitiveness of companies.
Cristina Zubia, project manager at IKERLAN and participant in this second edition, points out that "MasterTECH is the perfect framework to consolidate and acquire new knowledge in technologies that are currently in great demand by a wide range of industry sectors, such as cybersecurity and artificial intelligence". With regard to the reconciliation of daily activities, she stresses that "the master's degree has required us to make a personal effort, but it has been really worth it. I am grateful that we have been allowed to combine our research work at IKERLAN with the development of the master's degree final project".
Goiuria Sagardui, coordinator of Continuous Training at Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa, values very positively the joint line of work that they set up with IKERLAN a few years ago and ensures that the MasterTECHs are one of the most significant results of the collaboration. Sagardui assures that the topics addressed by the MasterTECHs launched together with IKERLAN represent the strategic areas of innovation of Basque companies. "From one year to the next, there are many technological advances, and professionals who have been in the job market for some time now have to relearn new things. IKERLAN is adapting very well to these needs, the MasterTECHs are giving excellent results".
Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa and KERLAN technology centre have been working closely together for more than 45 years. Several years ago, the two entities set up a tractor team to tackle the most important challenges facing the technology sector, and this master's degree represents an important pillar in this collaboration.
IKERLAN is a leading centre in technology transfer and in the contribution of competitive value to industry. It offers integral solutions combining different technological domains in two main areas: Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies (EICT), and Energy and Mechatronics. The technology centre's team is currently made up of 400 people. As a co-operative member of the MONDRAGON Corporation and the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), IKERLAN maintains a sustainable, competitive business model in permanent transformation.
MONDRAGON GOI ESKOLA POLITEKNIKOA is the Engineering Faculty of MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA, a unique, innovative, co-operative university dedicated to the needs of companies and society. The engineering training it offers is high quality, with its own educational model and based on cooperative values. The faculty has four sites in Arrasate-Mondragón, Hernani, Ordizia and Bilbao, and technologically advanced equipment that allows it to anticipate the challenges of industry and society. A faculty that combines the training of young people and professionals with research and the transfer of knowledge aimed at improving the competitive advantage of companies. Proof of this is that it stands out for being the Basque university with the most degrees with dual itineraries, and has managed to be the university that has accredited the most dual itineraries in the state. Currently, MGEP-MU has a staff of 450 and 2600 students.