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Bizkaia helps young people pay for master's degrees in strategic sectors and international postgraduate degrees

Jesus Carames

May 16, 2024 | 5:43 p.m.

This year, the Professional Improvement Program includes a line of aid for postgraduate studies in energy transition and quantum computing taught on Basque university campuses.

The Provincial Council of Bizkaia, through its Department of Economic Promotion, has launched the Professional Improvement 2024 program. This program is aimed at recent graduates from Bizkaia under 30 years of age with an average grade higher than 7 in their undergraduate studies or who have participated in Bizkaia Talent's Talentia excellence program. The objective is to promote the improvement of postgraduate training for the youth of Bizkaia through courses at prestigious international campuses and master's degrees at Basque university centers in strategic areas such as energy transition and quantum computing. The Deputy for Economic Promotion, Ainara Basurko, presented this program underlining the need for highly qualified personnel in companies in the territory.

News of the program and focus on strategic sectors

The regional government has been promoting excellent training among recent graduates in leading international centers for a decade. This year, as a novelty, a support line has been included to facilitate the access of young professionals to specialized training in energy transition and quantum technology. This seeks to develop local talent so that Bizkaia continues to lead the energy sector and has trained personnel to carry out advanced research in physics and quantum technology.

Importance of highly qualified personnel

Ainara Basurko highlighted that the government of Bizkaia thus responds to the need to develop highly qualified personnel, a main challenge for companies in the territory. The Provincial Council will allocate 583.000 euros to this call for aid, of which 400.000 euros will be allocated to international training and 183.000 euros to training in strategic sectors.

International training and in strategic sectors

International training

The deadline to request aid for postgraduate courses taught abroad begins on July 1, 2024. Aid will be awarded through the free competition procedure, being granted as received until the budget is exhausted. Eligible expenses cover up to 100% as long as the total does not exceed 8.000 euros per person and includes tuition and fees, non-electronic teaching materials, round trip travel, medical insurance and accommodation.

Training in strategic sectors

Aid for specialized training in strategic sectors will also be granted on a free competition basis and the application period will open on September 10. The completion of a university master's degree in the field of energy transition or quantum science and technology taught in faculties or university schools in the Basque Country will be subsidized with up to 3.000 euros, including:

  • Interuniversity Master in Hydrogen Technologies from Mondragon Unibertsitatea.
  • Master's degree in Automation, Electronics and Industrial Control from the University of Deusto.
  • Master's degree in Control Engineering, Automation and Robotics from the UPV/EHU.
  • Master's degree in Integration of Renewable Energies in the Electrical System from the UPV/EHU.
  • Master's degree in Advanced Electronic Systems from the UPV/EHU.
  • Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion from the UPV/EHU.
  • Master's degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the UPV/EHU.
  • Master's degree in Control of Smart Electrical Grids and Distributed Generation from the UPV/EHU.
  • Master's degree in Industrial Engineering – Energy Efficiency from the University of Deusto.
  • Master in Quantum Science and Technology from the UPV/EHU.

Impact on the business fabric and employability

With this support, which is part of the "Commitment to talent" initiative promoted by the Department of Economic Promotion of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia together with more than 40 organizations, the territory is provided with cutting-edge knowledge and highly qualified personnel. Companies in Bizkaia will benefit from the possibility of accessing professionals trained in prestigious international centers or in master's degrees in advanced specialized knowledge. In addition, the employability of recent graduates is improved, their personal and professional advancement is supported, and their professional development is encouraged.

This program is a clear commitment to the future, aligning excellent training with the strategic needs of the labor market and the economic development of Bizkaia.

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