The institution returns to the world’s academic elite and offers companies a wide range of possibilities for collaboration in the design and development of projects
Asturias has a highly qualified and active population with a deep-rooted industrial tradition. Education, talent and creativity are part of the set of powerful reasons why our region is a very desirable destination for foreign investment.
In this area, the University of Oviedo plays a strategic role, which will be reinforced now that this institution has returned to the world academic elite. The prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), elaborated by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) and that analyzes the research excellence of the campuses, has placed our university among the 500 best in the world.
The Asturian academic institution was one of the first nine Spanish universities to obtain the seal of Campus of International Excellence, and it did so with a project in which research of excellence, specialisation and the transfer of knowledge to the productive fabric are its main assets.
The university offers new degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area with degrees that cover most areas of knowledge. Around 30% of its more than 25,000 registered students study technical degrees or postgraduate courses in areas such as chemistry, geology or mining, deeply rooted in Asturian industrial tradition, and in others such as energy engineering, biotechnology or biomedicine, with a very promising future in Asturias.
The European Higher Education Area opened up new expectations for collaboration between university and business, allowing for the incorporation of lines of research in the university environment promoted by the business sector.
The University of Oviedo has seven campuses with a very complete technical training. Some of the degrees that can be studied are the Degree in Mining Technology Engineering, the Degree in Electrical Engineering or the Degree in Physics. In addition, among its wide range of own postgraduate courses there are some as interesting as the Master in Geomining, the Master in Mining Geotechnics or the Master in Management and Development of the Food Industry (MGYDIA).
In Asturias, the technical qualification of the workers is completed with regulated Professional Training, with 17,000 students enrolled, more than 35% in technical careers. In this field, theoretical training is complemented by practical training in companies.
Biomedicine and Health and ICT industries, strategic sectors in Asturias
Medicine and the bio-sanitary industry are strategic sectors in Asturias. The region is making a strong commitment to the development of biotechnology, bioinformatics and biomedicine, based on the promotion of infrastructures such as the Central University Hospital of Asturias (HUCA), the support for R&D projects of the University of Oviedo or the marked innovative activity generated by the Fernandez-Vega Ophthalmological Institute.
The biomedicine and health training at the University of Oviedo is one of the most prestigious in Spain and hosts multiple research related to biotechnology.
Along these lines, it is great news that the institution is going to incorporate the Master in Biomedical Engineering into its strategic degree plan. Biomedical engineering offers a wide variety of job opportunities.
The Spanish Association of Biotech Companies (ASEBIO) publishes an annual report on the state of the sector in Spain. According to the 2018 report, biotechnology companies have had an impact on the Spanish economy of almost 7.000 million euros (0.7% of GDP) and have generated 92.384 jobs.
Also the sector of Information Technologies and Communications (ICT) has acquired greater prominence due to the profound transformation of the Asturian industrial fabric in recent years. Several Spanish and foreign companies have been located in Asturias in the last decade, and their contribution to employment in the sector is very important.
The technology sector continues to be one of the sectors that will demand the most jobs in the coming years, with a forecast of constant growth of 112.000 ICT jobs until 2020 in the European Union in areas such as cybersecurity, Big Data or digital marketing.
In fact, Data Engineering is one of the priorities of the Polytechnic School of Engineering of Gijón. The university also offers postgraduate studies in Automation Engineering and Industrial Informatics or in Materials Science and Technology, among others.
Research centres of the University of Oviedo
In order to facilitate as much as possible the lines of research of business interest (one of the priorities of the University of Oviedo), the institution has Departments and Research Centres or Institutes, and organizes all research activity around Research Groups.
In some strategic sectors for investment in Asturias, the university has cutting-edge centres that help to develop avant-garde research at European and world level.
For example, in the Food and Beverages sector, it has nearly one hundred research groups and teams related to Biotechnology. The University Institute of Biotechnology (IUBA, Plant Biotechnology, Microorganisms and Bioprocesses), the Biotechnological and Biomedical Trials Unit and the Food Technology Unit stand out.
With regard to advanced materials and nanotechnology, the university has the University Institute of Industrial Technology of Asturias (IUTA), which carries out R&D&i activities in fields such as mechanical design and manufacturing, materials technology and structural calculation or environment and energy.
And in the field of health, another pillar of the future for the economy of the Principality, highlights the Foundation for Biosanitary Research and Innovation in Asturias (FINBA). FINBA is the body in charge of managing excellence in biomedical research in Asturias. Promoted by the Government of the Principality of Asturias in alliance with the University of Oviedo, it has the support of several companies that participate in it as patrons or as benefactor entities.
It was created with the aim of promoting biomedical research by taking advantage of synergies with the Central University Hospital of Asturias, taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge of Asturian health and promoting the joint work of research teams.
Another interesting project is the Biomedicine and Health Cluster of the Campus of International Excellence of the University of Oviedo, which includes more than 70 research groups and aims to consolidate the Principality of Asturias as a national and international reference in an area of great potential in the region.
Asturias Mobility Innovation Hub Project #AsMIH
And it is also important the collaboration of the Government of the Principality, through the Institute for Economic Development of the Principality of Asturias (IDEPA), with the University of Oviedo in the field of future mobility.
Within this framework, IDEPA has carried out an inventory of the capacity and potential of the Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation System of Asturias (University of Oviedo, Public Research Bodies, Technology Centres and Institutes) with respect to the “green, connected and autonomous vehicle”.
This collaboration is part of the Asturias Mobility Innovation Hub project, a collaborative innovation ecosystem around mobility.