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JUL 25th, 2012

COIT and IE join forces to foster entrepreneurship among ICT professionals

The Dean and President of Spain’s Official College of Telecommunications Engineers (Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación – COIT), Eugenio Fontán, and the Vice President for Economic Affairs and President of the International Center for Entrepreneurial Management at IE Business School, Juan José Güemes, have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at fostering and supporting entrepreneurship among telecommunications engineers and in the ICT sector.

Lines of action covered in the agreement include the dissemination of entrepreneurial initiatives designed by IE Business School, such as PASION>IE. It will also enable COIT members to present projects on the IE campus, participate in team building workshops, develop technology-based business opportunities, and access preferential conditions for an extensive range of education programs and activities focused on advancing their careers.

Specific actions include a scholarship program to enable telecommunication engineers with less than two years’ experience to study IE Business School’s 10-month Master in Management program to develop their career in a business management environment. The scholarship program will be officially launched during the #joventeleco: Enfoque de futuro (Young telecommunications professionals: future focus) congress organized by COIT and set to take place in October of this year.

 “The expert knowledge of information and communications technologies of telecommunications engineers means that they can make a major contribution to the business environment, creating ideas that translate into sustainable businesses” said Eugenio Fontán. “Through the agreement IE can equip telecommunications engineers with the knowledge and skills that will foster the entrepreneurial mindset needed to address future challenges.”

Juan José Güemes,  IE’s Vice President for Economic Affairs and President of its International Center for Entrepreneurial Management, said  that “With this agreement we want to strengthen our relation with COIT and its members, and offer the support of one of the world’s top business schools to all those who want to launch an entrepreneurial project.”

About COIT

COIT operates under the aegis of the Spanish state, serving to regulate the telecommunications engineering profession, represent said profession, defend the professional interests of its collegiate members, and foster the development of skills related to the practice of telecommunications engineering. Since it was created in 1967, the College has undertaken multiple actions to strengthen the professional competences of the engineers it represents and the position they hold in society as competent practitioners playing a key role in ongoing and future developments in the telecommunications sector and information society.