The market needs more science and technology graduates
The European Commission has estimated that in 2015 there will be a demand for over 700,000 professionals in the areas of science, technology and mathematics. In Spain, the number of students studying science and technology degrees has fallen by 15% according to a study by the CRECIM - Research Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics. “Europe and Spain need a society that is well-versed in science and technology. Basic scientific literacy is now a necessity at all levels of teaching. However, are looking at a serious problem with regard to the lack of qualified professionals” said Daniel Serra de la Figuera, dean of the UPF Barcelona School of Management.
For four years now, UPF Barcelona School of Management has been developing its scientific methodology, focused on data processing and scientific analysis in all educational programs. “This does not only involve providing more training in new technologies and Information Technologies but incorporating this perspective into all areas; Management, International Business, Marketing, Finance, Business Analytics, Human Resources and Entrepreneurship.”
This specialized learning pattern is used in leading universities and business schools such as Stanford in the USA and is recognised as a leading educational standard in Europe. “The demand for Masters of Science programs is increasing worldwide but they are still relatively unknown in Spain. Considering that most employment is being created in the science and technology sector, it is clear that something needs to be done in this regard,” Serra stated.
UPF Barcelona School of Management offers 7 Masters of Science programs at present, some of which have a more technological emphasis on Information Technology (IT) or Business Analytics. “What we are trying to do is to equip professionals with the technical, analytical and management skills needed to understand Big Data in today’s business world. This is the only way to be competitive in our increasingly changing and competitive world,” Serra concluded.