17 October 2016
Inditex and Coruña University set up an international researcher recruitment programme
The chairman and CEO of Inditex, Pablo Isla, and the dean of the University of Coruña (UDC), Julio Abalde, signed a collaboration agreement this morning for the creation of a programme for the recruitment and promotion of scientific researchers that is international in scope.
The programme, called InTalent, will enable scientists with a proven track record abroad to carry on their research projects at the University's facilities, thereby improving the latter's faculty and research capabilities while boosting its students' chances of finding work and enterprising. Inditex will contribute €1.45 million to financing the researchers and their specific projects through 2021.
At the signing ceremony, which took place in the University's rectorate, the dean explained that UDC's goal is to "foster the ability to retain the talent nurtured at the University itself, facilitate the return of outstanding researchers and attract prestigious scientists".
UDC will select six scientists who will be gradually brought in in pairs via tenders to take place in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Each researcher's programme will last for two years with a two-year extension option. At the end of each researcher's stint, the University may take them on as faculty or research staff. The participating scientists will be selected by a committee that will use merit-based methodology to vet their research trajectories. The panel will also assess the scientific and/or social impact of the candidates' research work.
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