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IBM Collaborates with 48 Universities in Italy to Train Future Professionals

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IBM Italy University Relations and more than 200 IBM Academic Ambassadors worked with students and faculty at 48 Italian universities, dedicating over 600 hours to seminars focused on Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Internet of Things(IoT) and Quantum Computing. IBM Academic Ambassadors are present almost daily, at Italian universities, to help faculty and students innovate curriculum and be ready participants for digital transformation.

The researchers of the Physics Department of the University of Pavia (http://www.unipv.eu/site/home.html) are among the first users of the IBM Q (https://www.research.ibm.com/ibm-q/) platform as demonstrated also by the scientific literature published on several journals including MIT Technology Review (https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612435/machine-learning-meet-quantum-computing/).
As the culmination of a collaboration between IBM, the Department and several professors from international research institutions (including CERN, https://home.cern/), the first Italian PhD course on Quantum Computing (http://fisica.unipv.it/dottorato/corso-quantum-computing.htm) started in December 2018. In addition to PhD students in Physics and related areas (Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry), anyone interested in the subject is invited to attend the lessons, provided free of charge. The aim is developing knowledge, techniques and experience on strategic issues such as on quantum computers.

To meet the needs of adequate skills in information security, the Department of Informatics and IBM Security have created “The Hack Space” (https://www.uniba.it/ricerca/dipartimenti/informatica/notizie-eventi/eventi/the-hack-space), created as part of the Master’s Degree in Information Security at the University of Bari. It is based on four main elements: knowledge, which defines the skills that an expert in Cyber Security must possess; organization, which identifies the organizational structures dedicated to security; skills and tools, which identify the platforms and software tools that must be used together with the ideal architecture of a laboratory dedicated to cyber security; and collaboration, whose purpose is the definition of sustainable collaboration models that allow others to use the solutions and infrastructure implemented.

IBM Women in Technology (WIT) Italy and University Relations are running Progetto NERD? (“Non E’ Roba per Donne?”, “Isn’t it stuff for women?” https://twitter.com/progetto_nerd) since 2013 to promote a STEM culture among young girls and create a program able to inspire them with tech women as role models. Some numbers: more than 350 Italian high schools in the network, more than 4000 girls inspired, 7 Italian Universities are supporting the initiative organizing the workshops in their sites, more than 100 IBM volunteers active every year teaching how to create a mobile app with IBM Cloud and IBM Watson Services.
Young girls are main targets for all the activities about coding. IBM Italy is also collaborating with Women in Business from Bocconi University and Data Girls from the LUISS Business School.

These are only few examples of the ecosystem that IBM Italy supports with more than 15,000 active developers on the IBM Cloud platform and 10,000 students participating in the IBM Academic Initiative programs.

Vice President, IBM Global University Programs

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