Portaltic.-Telefónica warns that digital talent is “more necessary than ever” on the 20th anniversary of its Network of Chairs

12-01-2021 Antonio Bengoa (left), Director of Institutional Relations of Telefónica Spain and Nicolas Oriol (right), General Secretary and Director of Regulation of Telefónica Spain, at an event for the 20th anniversary of the Telefónica Chair Network. RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY IRENE MEDINA LORENZO / TELEFÓNICA

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Telefónica has celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Network of Chairs with the message that profiles linked to digital transformation are “more necessary than ever”. “Both the University and the company have the objective of promoting the university talent that must lead this new digital era,” said Antonio Bengoa, Director of Institutional Relations at Telefónica Spain, during this annual event.

The Network of Chairs has celebrated two decades of collaboration with universities. A network that, since its creation in 2001, serves as an instrument for training, research and knowledge transfer with the aim of promoting new information and communication technologies (ICT) in society.

A total of 26 Spanish universities are part of this program and, during these twenty years, more than 9,000 young people have completed their training with the help of the Chairs. “The Telefónica Chairs work in coordination with all the Human Resources areas of our company to support the universities and seek the best support for their students,” adds Bengoa.

Spain is the country of the European Union where the base of companies that hire ICT specialists has grown the most: 117 percent between 2012 and 2020. According to Eurostat, in the last five years 195,000 jobs have been created in Spain with STEM students (Sciences , Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

“If we take into account that digitization will create more than 200,000 jobs in Spain and will generate 45 percent of job opportunities, it is necessary to work to break this imbalance generated by the unemployment problem and align the training offer at the University with the demands of the labor market “, they explain from Telefónica.

Nicolas Oriol, General Secretary and Director of Regulation of Telefónica Spain, emphasizes that students face “new challenges and challenges” related to subjects such as “digital humanism, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and the digital transformation of the entire fabric business “.

About half of the new jobs created in Europe in 2021 have been digital. For the new generation of young people under 25 years of age, jobs tend to be more digital, hybrid and versatile and, therefore, Telefónica insists on the importance of this collaboration between the private sector and universities.


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