In December 2010, the School of Engineering at Universidad Europea de Madrid and ENDESA, a leading multinational Spanish energy company, signed a collaboration agreement that provides all ENDESA employees with access to academic programs offered by UEM during the 2010/2011 academic year.
The objectives of the agreement are to promote lifelong learning opportunities, provide a new opportunity to unite the University with businesses and professions (in line with the proposals implemented by the European Higher Education Area), and to reinforce the importance that education plays in professional development.
As a result of this agreement, all ENDESA's employees who would like to participate in undergraduate or graduate studies to further their professional careers can benefit from study grants and special discounts offered by Universidad Europea de Madrid. In addition, ENDESA employees will have the opportunity to have their professional experience recognized through academic credits as regulated by the new European educational framework and may choose the study schedule that best suits their needs. Their direct family members may also take advantage of these benefits.
The signing of the agreement took place at ENDESA's headquarters in Madrid in the presence of members from both entities. Attending from Universidad Europea de Madrid were Enrique Fernández del Río, director of the School of Engineering and Juan Antonio Fernández Fernández, director of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University; while ENDESA was represented by María Victoria Catalá López, deputy director for Recruitment and Training, Miguel Ángel Martínez Fernández, General HR deputy director for Spain and Portugal and Leoncio Peiró Saez, manager of the Sub-directorate for Recruitment and Training at the company.
A strong connection with the professional world, like international perspective and academic quality, is one of the values that define Universidad Europea de Madrid's philosophy, which is evident in the more than 5,000 collaborative agreements that the University has in place with businesses and institutions in various sectors.