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2022 / 06 / 20
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ZIUR and the University of the Basque Country create a Classroom to strengthen Gipuzkoa's cybersecurity capabilities

They have signed a collaboration agreement to continue improving the skills of students in collaboration with the business community.

The ZIUR Industrial Cybersecurity Center and the Faculty of Informatics of the University of the Basque Country UPV have signed a collaboration agreement to intensify the relationship between the academic and business worlds, offering students a training framework and subsequent transition to the labor market . To this end, a Cybersecurity Business Classroom will be created with the aim of improving the development of the skills of the teaching staff, research staff and students of the Basque public university through innovation, the generation and transformation of knowledge, work in network and the promotion and management of projects, delving into the collaboration previously carried out by both institutions.

The agreement was signed at the Provincial Council headquarters by the Deputy for Economic Promotion, Tourism and Rural Affairs, Jabier Larrañaga, and the Vice-Rector of the Gipuzkoa Campus of the UPV/EHU, Agustin Erkizia, at a meeting also attended by the Director from ZIUR Koldo Peciña and the dean of the Faculty of Informatics Alexander Mendiburu. The Classroom will serve to bring closer the needs of the company, both of the industry and of companies specialized in cybersecurity, in terms of the technical capabilities of future workers, so that students know the skills and knowledge required in this matter. , and can develop specialized training activities both with the ZIUR and with various companies, in addition to carrying out internships in them. ZIUR and the UPV/EHU have been working on the creation of a training itinerary in different areas and topics related to cybersecurity.

Thus, ZIUR will make final year projects and/or internships available to students, which will be carried out in different agents that make up Gipuzkoa's cybersecurity ecosystem: industrial companies, cybersecurity companies and technology centres. Likewise, different challenges will be defined throughout the year by the cybersecurity ecosystem with the aim that students can solve them in collaboration with companies. The Faculty will organize a working group made up of students and faculty from the Faculty, to address the issues and challenges that arise, and talks or presentations related to cybersecurity. To promote these actions, ZIUR will contribute an endowment of 10,000 euros.

Jabier Larrañaga has positively valued the agreement, highlighting that it will serve to “strengthen and structure the collaboration that we have already been developing. ZIUR was born to strengthen the territory's capabilities in industrial cybersecurity, promoting the development of the technology sector and reinforcing the competitiveness and positioning of our companies. We are clear that the decisive factor in achieving this is people, with their knowledge, training and talent, and that is where this agreement comes into play, which will help us to continue generating the profiles required by a strategic sector such as cybersecurity. A key area for the future to continue having a strong economy that supports our well-being”.

For his part, Agustin Erkizia pointed out that “within the framework of Etorkizuna Eraikiz, this agreement consolidates the strategic alliance between the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council and the UPV/EHU in cybersecurity matters. Through it, students of the Faculty of Informatics interested in an area with an undoubted present and future will receive higher-level training in order to meet the imminent needs of the economic and social fabric in this area. To this end, both ZIUR and the faculty itself will provide the classroom with all the appropriate human and technical resources to meet both current needs and those that may arise in the near future”.