Schiller International University and IBM have joined forces to create in Madrid the Schiller Institute of Business Technology, a training center that aspires to be an educational reference in the field of technology applied to business in Spain and to promote the development of digital capabilities that the market demands.
The SIBT was presented today at the event “Business Technology, solutions to change the world” at the IBM Client Center in Madrid, with the presence of the Councilor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Madrid City Council, Ángel Niño, the CEO of Schiller International University, Marta Muñiz, and the Vice President of Technology for IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel, Javier Valencia.
The councilor and head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Area of the Madrid City Council, Ángel Niño, highlighted “the importance of having training programs and learning spaces that allow the development of disruptive technologies of the present and the future” and stressed that a educational center such as the SIBT will allow “to enhance the talent of the next generations and transfer a specific and very useful knowledge”. “Madrid not only aspires to lead the international ecosystem of entrepreneurship and new technologies, we also work to have the best academic structure that allows us to actively participate in the changes that our society is going to experience”, he added.
“At a time when transformation through technology and continuous adaptation to the environment are more important than ever, SIBT was born with the vocation of facilitating the evolution to Industry 4.0 through the training of professionals in order to that they are able to use technology and solve the challenges we face as a society. “- explains Marta Muñiz, CEO of Schiller International University-.” This new Business Technology education hub from Schiller and IBM , reinforces the attractiveness that Madrid, in particular, and Spain, in general, already have as headquarters for entrepreneurs and technology startups in Europe. ”
“At IBM we are aware of the need for companies to have profiles with knowledge and experience in technology, but also with a multidisciplinary and humanistic perspective that allows them to use that knowledge to solve real problems in an environment that is constantly changing. This alliance with SIBT allows us to incorporate all our knowledge in technology and transformation into their programs “explained Javier Valencia, Vice President of Technology for IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel.
Training as an accelerator of digital transformation
According to the study “The 2021 CEO Study” carried out by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), and which collects the opinion of 3,000 CEOs from 26 different sectors in 50 countries, digital transformation is one of the essential priorities for companies companies, being a process that will accelerate even more in the coming years and in which technologies such as “cloud computing”, artificial intelligence or cybersecurity will emerge as the most important transformative tools and with a greater impact on business results.
The importance of training in new technologies is also evident in the IBM study , “The Enterprise Guide to Closing the Skills Gap”, which predicts that 120 million workers in the 10 largest economies in the world will need to be trained in the next three years to adapt to the digital training needs of the market.
In order to meet this need, the Schiller Institute of Business Technology in partnership with IBM (SIBT) was born, which combines the educational excellence and international capacity of Schiller, the first American university founded in Europe, with the digital leadership and global presence of the tech giant IBM.
Starting in January 2022, the SIBT will offer training programs in digital transformation, artificial intelligence, disruptive technologies for business, cybersecurity and data analytics . The programs are adapted to all types of profiles, whether they are technicians, managers, active professionals or students without work experience who want to prepare to face the new work context.
The programs will be taught initially at the Schiller International University campus in Madrid with the aim that, as of the academic year 2022/23, they will also be available at the university’s campuses in Paris (France), Heidelberg (Germany) and Tampa, Florida (United States).