The Supreme Agency of Medellín (Sapiencia) in Colombia announced the “Ciudadela Universitaria de Occidente” project, which is expected to begin training specialists for disruptive technologies such as blockchain in mid-September; as published on Wednesday by the newspaper El Tiempo.
After so many setbacks and after a year and a half of execution and with an investment of 126,000 million pesos under the last three municipalities, the place where the El Buen Pastor women’s prison was built was built. Now there is an educational complex in Medellín that will promote the development of blockchain applications.
This new university in the city is considering adapting conventional and multi-purpose classrooms to 8,000 young students who have the opportunity to gain access to higher education in technology, technology, work and human development. Areas related to the fourth industrial revolution, of which Medellín is considered the capital of Latin America.
The Citadel of the West has 18 conventional classrooms, 16 multipurpose rooms, a data center, an auditorium, a fitness studio, a medical center, a cafeteria, sports areas, an internal cycle path, administration rooms, parking spaces as well as learning and contact areas. Next to the university campus, it is next to the San Javier Library Park, the Samuel Barrientos Educational Institution and 400 meters from the subway station.
These are 15 buildings that communicate with each other, which were founded between municipalities 12 and 13 and whose campus is developing into an urban space that is next to educational institutions There will be open areas for community enjoyment.
“They are 37,000 square meters, including 12,000 within the university citadel, but they are for public access and community enjoyment, and about 25,000 square meters if they are built as a public space,” said the deputy manager for design and Innovation. by the urban development company (EDU) Nicolás Rivillas.
Mayor Daniel Quintero assured that the project was 94% complete. “We still need to equip it with the technology we need so that students can become masters of the fourth industrial revolution.”.
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In addition, he determined the focus of the educational programs offered there: “Every year, 8,000 students are trained in careers related to big data programming, data analysis, blockchain, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. It is a fundamental project for the strategy of Medellín Valle del Software“Said the mayor of the city.
The university campus will have the opportunity to have the academic programs of the best public universities in the city. among others Pascual Bravo, the Metropolitan Technological Institute of Medellín (ITM) and the Colegio Mayor de Antioquía, who in an alliance with companies such as Platzi, Google, Microsoft, Coursera, LinkedIn and Sena will assume responsibility for creating the content and of the courses published by this university.
The teaching study model that will be taught on campus will include a new educational offering that is professionally relevant and focused on creating people with skills for the fourth industrial revolution The Ciudadela Universitaria de Occidente will not be a conventional educational institution, but a space for the convergence of higher education institutions whose programs are mainly linked to the strategic line of Software Valley.
“In the Citadel of the West there will be spaces for certain areas that respond to the relevance in relation to the existing requirements in the context. We have four specialized areas developed in the areas of administration, graphics, digital administration and a 4.0 competence center as part of the fourth industrial revolution. This project is linked to the Ciudadela Universitaria @ Medellín, a platform that will carry out academic programs in the context of virtual modality, ”said Juan Pablo Arboleda, Rector of the Pascual Bravo University Institution.
Similarly, the director of the Medellín-Sapicience-Carlos Chaparro University Agency, when asked how access to the Citadel’s educational offer will work: “The citadel would be like an airport where various companies would offer related services, including non-university institutions that are strong in software, including international institutions.”said. In order for Ruta N to be able to participate in the project as part of a common administrative model, it was also announced that the educational proposal will begin in September with 1,000 or 2,000 young people who will train and work in this facility for 10 to 12 months. “The citadel would be an employment factor,” he concluded.
Medellín: Technological innovation.
Blockchain technology, a tool heavily linked to cryptocurrencies, originated as the technology behind such digital assets. However, due to its properties, this platform is applicable to other areas and sectors, which is why it was gradually introduced in the education sector. Thanks to its friendly, reliable and efficient technology, more institutions have agreed to use this technology today.
The university agency Medellín – Sapiencia – not only supports the city’s mega project. “The University Citadels “If not, they will sponsor a program with the Mayor of Medellín and the Secretaries for Economic Development “For the formation of special talents” in industrial blockchain technology, with which specialists for Industry 4.0 are to be trained.
Simultaneously with these programs, further projects are being carried out in the city, which provide that by 2023 Medellín faces the challenge of integrating itself into Industry 4.0 and positioning itself as a technological reference in the areas of development, technology, finance and education.
The city of Medellín, se has become a reference point as a study center for robotics, virtual reality, disruptive technologies and blockchain technology, Internet of Things, as central elements in the use of the fourth industrial revolution.