IE University and the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society sign a new collaborative agreement to promote research and collaboration in applied mathematics.

IE University is at the forefront of higher education and, with our new collaboration with the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (Real Sociedad Matemática Española, RSME), we continue to set the standard for academic excellence.

Through IE School of Science & Technology, the university is set to push students to new heights in a groundbreaking agreement with the RSME, signed on April 12, 2023. With this new accord, both institutions hope to both facilitate the exchange of ideas and to provide a progressive space for innovation, advancement and the exploration of new avenues for potential partnerships between academia and the professional world.

Salvador Carmona (Rector of IE University) and Eva Gallardo (President of the RSME ) sign collaboration agreement

Fostering applied mathematics

This collaborative agreement is geared toward nurturing the study and practice of applied mathematics throughout the region. Salvador Carmona, the Rector of IE University, and Eva Gallardo, president of the RSME, served as the signatories of the new alliance in a special event. “To have such an agreement with the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society is a milestone and a fundamental element to the development we offer our students,” Salvador states.

Indeed, students of the Bachelor in Applied Mathematics have reason to celebrate this unique collaboration. The plan is to bring together top academics and leading industry professionals in a series of joint workshops called Applied Mathematics and Knowledge Transfer, all dealing with various relevant topics, in order to facilitate meaningful research and development endeavors in the field and beyond. As Eva explains, “I believe that having agreements with these characteristics is essential,” adding, “The students will know the interdisciplinary aspect of applied mathematics.” 

A multidisciplinary approach  

Apart from scientific discovery and academic progress, the new collaboration will also provide professional benefits to our students. By working directly with real practitioners, they will make deep inroads into the world of work, laying the groundwork for their future before and after graduation. This career focus ensures that our students will be able to build and develop a competitive profile that will prove invaluable as they prepare to establish their careers.

What’s more, the initiative will offer exposure to students of not only the Bachelor in Applied Mathematics, but other programs offered by IE School of Science & Technology too. Through the joint workshops, they will be able to meet and engage with industry experts as they explore mathematical applications in a broad range of sectors. This holistic approach serves to expand both their perspective and skill set, equipping them to develop comprehensive solutions to pressing challenges in the real world. 

The result is that students will be able to unlock new professional opportunities across multiple industries. Irene Alda, academic director for the Bachelor in Applied Mathematics, describes it best: “This agreement with the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society is yet another seal of approval of the programs offered by IE School of Science & Technology and the research carried out by our faculty.”

Inspiring the future

Joint workshops under this agreement are lined up to begin this Spring and will be held twice every year. Irene dives into the details, explaining, “This signing opens up a series of biannual joint IE-RSME workshops on applied mathematics for different topics. The first joint workshop will take place at the end of May and will be focused on sustainability.”

Students are encouraged to participate in order to hone their expertise in an innovative and enabling environment. Their contributions are sure to trickle down, inspiring and motivating the next crop of hopeful mathematicians. As Eva points out, “This collaboration makes a strong commitment, both for young people and for future generations.”