8 hours | Melanie Mingas
Qualcomm has launched a fellowship and training program to “identify, train and attract” homegrown talent to work on the development of 5G in Spain.
From a public-private partnership approach, the university-level program is a first for Spain and the result of a collaboration between the Rogelio Segovia Foundation for the Development of Telecommunications (Fundetel) with the support of Ad-Honorem Professor and Qualcomm’s former board member Francisco Ros.
Designed by and named after Ros, the program is called the Francisco Ros Qualcomm Fellowship and Training Program and the Qualcomm Incorporated Fund at CAF America will contribute a total of US $ 300,000.
Fundetel and Qualcomm will both contribute to education, research and development in science, technology, culture and human knowledge, with special emphasis in the areas of IT, telecommunications and electronics.
Ros (photo left) said: “Given the emotional and professional ties I have with ETSIT-UPM as a former professor and researcher, I am overwhelmed that my vision for the training program has become a reality with my esteemed colleague Jorge Pérez, director of course, in charge. The 5G rollout will be key to Spain’s continued economic success and I feel humbled to play a part in encouraging talent to take on this important task. “
The first course started this week and will run until May 10th. It is called Strategic and Technical Vision on 5G Mobile Communications and is held in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSIT-UPM).
Qualcomm has also established a scholarship program for students at ETSIT-UPM to undertake Final Degree Projects, Master’s Degree Projects and Doctoral Studies in Mobile Communication from this year until 2023/24.
Enrico Salvatori (pictured right), SVP and President, Qualcomm Europe / MEA added: “We at Qualcomm are all very proud to partner with Francisco Ros and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid to help train and develop talent in 5G technologies. From Qualcomm’s commitment to making Europe more connected, from urban centers to rural areas. Our vision is that everyone can reap the benefits of high-speed networks, whether in industry, commerce, the public sector, agriculture or society as a whole. “