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The UPCT reaches the 50th business chair, with the highest ratio per professor at Spanish universities (02/07/2020)

| In the last year, the Polytechnic Chairs Network has contributed one million euros and has awarded a hundred students and recent graduates | The Polytechnic University of Cartagena today celebrated the signing of its 50th chair, remembering the three million euros raised, the 400 students and graduates with scholarships and the hundred prizes awarded to students for their academic and research work.

The Chairs Network started in 2014 with a unique model in Spain that has positioned the UPCT as the Spanish university with the most business chairs per professor.“50 chairs for our University is outrageous.

One chair for every 11.5 teachers.

No Spanish university has, by far, this ratio ", highlighted the rector of the Polytechnic, Alejandro Díaz, noting that in 2019" the contribution of the chairs was almost one million euros, with about 100 recent students courses and recent graduates enjoyed a scholarship, while 35 end-of-study, research and entrepreneurship works were awarded.

” The president of the Autonomous Community, Fernando López Miras, and representatives of all the chairs, as well as those responsible for this Network since its inception, have attended the signing ceremony of the 50th chair with the Auxiliar Conservera company.

The rector, who was the first coordinator of the chairs at the UPCT, recalled that it was his predecessor, José Antonio Franco, who launched, together with the then vice-rector Juan Luis Pedreño, a pioneering project that was recognized in 2015 with the national award for the Spanish Network of University and Business Foundations.

Alejandro Díaz has also thanked the network for the boom and consolidation of the current vice-rector, Alejandro Pérez, and the coordinators Encarna Aguayo and Rafael Toledo.

It has also highlighted the involvement of all UPCT staff,"His fantastic work has made the Network reach this historic milestone today, demonstrating that we are a university dedicated to applying its knowledge in industry and society." The rector has dedicated special words of thanks to the “companies and institutions of our Network of Chairs that are setting the example to follow as a society in the difficult years ahead: knowledge, technology and collaboration with the University to relaunch our country.

"Diaz has pointed out that the last company chair to join the Network, that of Auxiliary Conservera, is the result of more than 10 years of cooperation in the training of students and transfer of R&D and that the objective of the chair is to promote innovative solutions for packaging and food preservation.

"This new alliance will be an example of what we want for all our chairs, which are an instrument for training our students, employability for our graduates, competitiveness, through innovation, our companies, and social improvements, in the case of our institutions, in their services to citizens ", said the rector.Of the 50, forty UPCT chairs are financed by private companies.

The rest are backed by public institutions, cooperatives and groupings of companies.

Telefónica, MTorres, Cajamar, Santander, GS Spain, Repsol, Hidrogea, Sabic or Navantia were some of the first to join this network.The Network, based in the Research Laboratories Building (ELDI), carries out training, research and development or knowledge transfer activities in areas of economic and social interest.

All of them link higher education with companies, link knowledge and productive fabric.

The companies belong to the local, national and multinational environment. 

Source: UPCT

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