In February 2020, ISASTUR and the University of Oviedo founded the ISASTUR Chair.
The ISASTUR Chair was established to strengthen the bond between our company and the University and generate synergies in knowledge transfers between academia and the business world. At ISASTUR we believe that supporting the connection between the University and businesses is an essential course that the academic and industrial fields must follow together and that it will strengthen the future options of both parties.
The goal of the ISASTUR Chair is to develop the knowledge and skills needed to transform the future of energy generation, storage, transmission, distribution and use, all of which are within the scope of ISASTUR's business activities.
The activity of the Chair aims to generate opportunities and economic benefits in five key fields: the development of renewable energies, environmental responsibility, efficient energy use, safe and affordable energy, and intelligent, sustainable and integrated energy transport.
The Chair also seeks to introduce students to the professional world by engaging them in projects that allow them to apply the knowledge acquired during their undergraduate or master's studies.
The Chair rewards the effort and excellence of the participants in the various activities that fall within its scope and promotes their involvement in the creation, maintenance and preservation of talent.
The interests of the Chair are aligned with the Spanish Strategy for Science and Technology and Innovation 2013-2020 published by the Ministry of Economy and Competition (MINECO) and the European Union, under the heading of “Safe, Sustainable and Clean Energy: Wind Energy” and “Intelligent, Sustainable and Integrated Transport”.
The specific goals of these two lines of action focus on the transition to a safe, sustainable and competitive energy system that reduces dependence on fossil fuels in a scenario that combines the shortage of these fuels, the growth in demand at a global level and its impact on climate change, as well as the promotion of operational and technological innovation in the sustainable electricity transport sector.
In 2020, 10 graduate students in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Engineering of Gijón, University of Oviedo, were granted ISASTUR Chair Scholarships for the I Internship Programme thanks to which they joined various departments in a number of ISASTUR Group companies, thus embarking on their professional careers.
On the other hand, another 5 students taking their Degrees in Electrical Engineering were also granted scholarships to prepare their dissertations. Each of them was assigned a tutor from the ISASTUR Group, who, together with a tutor from the Polytechnic School of Engineering of Gijón, supported and supervised the process.
In December 2020, the 2020-2021 call for Internships for Engineers was launched, by which 10 new or future engineers will complete their training at ISASTUR Ingeniería, PROCINSA, and ISOTRON. More information about this programme at this link.
Within the scope of the ISASTUR Chair, we called the first edition of the Begoña Busto Award in 2020.
The award, which pays tribute to the memory of Begoña Busto Alarcia, who died in 2013, at the age of 51, when she was the Director of Services of the ISASTUR Group, was one of the activities included in the agreement to constitute the ISASTUR Chair.
In its first edition, the award went to end of degree and end of master's degree dissertations by engineering students from the University of Oviedo, which were defended and passed in the 2019-2020 academic year, and related to the following thematic fields:
- Substations and distribution and transport lines.
- Wind farms.
- Photovoltaic plants.
- Electrical projects, industrial instrumentation, automation and control.
The winner of the first edition was Cristina Rubio Ferreiro for her Electrical Engineering dissertation titled "Development of Procedures for Voltage and Power Requirement Studies in Wind and Photovoltaic Plants"
In 1998 the ISASTUR Group began to cooperate with the University of Oviedo to promote university sport. This collaboration consisted in supporting the University of Oviedo's sailing team, whose goal, in addition to practising a sport in which it has achieved magnificent results, is to serve as a training tool for the students of the Higher School of the Merchant Marine.
Within the framework of this agreement, both parties have coordinated actions aimed at contributing to the comprehensive training and values of the entire university community; an essential element to advance academic tasks and research training.
This partnership, which has lasted more than 22 years without interruption, is currently the University of Oviedo’s oldest sponsorship programme.