We want to break new academic ground and extend research to improve practice on the ground.
This includes partnerships with universities to break new academic ground and extend research -deepening our understanding of social issues and improving practice on the ground.
We support the following programmes in universities across Spain, Bangladesh and China:
Since 2011, Inditex has awarded grants to talented students wishing to take the Specialisation Course in Social Responsibility and Innovation. The course develops practical and theoretical understanding of best governance practices in agencies, businesses and non-profit organisations focusing on innovations in social projects to create economic and social value.
The chair was founded in 2016 to undertake academic research on migration and asylum issues, with the aim of improving support for migrants and refugees on the ground and raising awareness in society. This involves developing project design and the processes of hosting and integrating refugees into European societies.
We helped to set this chair up in 2015 to take a multidisciplinary approach to promoting research and training on disability issues, particularly employment for people with disabilities. With the expertise of professors and professionals across disciplines including law, psychology and economics, strategies will be developed to improve employability and raise employment rates for people with disabilities, which we expect to be applicable in real-world situations. Courses will also be run specifically for people with disabilities to develop the skills and experience needed for the workplace.
With the support of the universities of Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña, the chair has been promoting Spanish language, culture and academic exchanges between the two countries since 2011. The most able students are offered intensive language training in Spain, and cultural opportunities for all students include exhibitions, concerts, conferences, films and everyday activities that promote Spanish culture.
- Academic collaboration agreement with Inditex and China's Tsinghua University
This programme is set for students to visit Inditex's headquarters in Arteixo, (A Coruña, Spain) and gain practical experience in areas such as fashion retail management, logistics, environmental protection and sustainable development. It will also include training programmes to support the professional development of academic staff in scientific research and teacher training, and will promote cultural activities for students on the Tsinghua campus in Beijing. It also promotes research on sustainability.
This programme 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. Inditex will contribute €1.45 million to financing the researchers and their specific projects through 2021.
This agreement focuses on four key areas: support for MIT research with the creation of two new Inditex fellowships in sustainability and operations; research in areas such as artificial intelligence, automated learning, and data science; scholarship program for MIT students; and research for new textile recycling techniques and the creation of new fibers using sustainable technology.