UNICC Strengthens Partnerships with Universities and Academic Institutions

29 June, 2022

Photo: UNICC

The organization participates in a variety of events with academic institutions

UNICC’s involvement with academic institutions demonstrates the willingness of the organization and its personnel to engage with bright minds through insightful presentations and dynamic discussions, as well as its commitment to provide young people with professional experience while benefiting from creating a diverse workforce, expanding the organization’s expertise and reach to the latest theoretical and technical knowledge and resources.

Master class on project management and digital transformation

The University of Salento’s Department of Economics, in collaboration with the Department of Engineering for Innovation, partnered with UNICC for a Business Management seminar on Project Management and Digital Transformation, held remotely on 5 May 2022. Students from various faculties attended the session led by Marco Liuzzi, Chief of Operations, UNICC, upon invitation from Professor Roberto Paiano.  

During the session, Marco explored two key organizational perspectives, run-the-business vs. change-the-business, eventually looking at the various levels in which changes to an organization can be looked at and managed all the way from organizational strategy to portfolio management, down to program and project management. He then focused on project management, comparing and contrasting traditional best practices in project management with agile best practices. Having set the background around the management of organizational changes, a specific class of changes was discussed – changes in support of digital transformation. This was looked both at a high level, through the lens of a Gartner framework, as well as by giving specific examples of projects run by UNICC, including the support to COP26 and the work for the development and release of the UNJSPF Digital Certificate of Entitlement.

Engineering and cooperation for development roundtable

On 6 May 2022, UNICC’s Sandra Bardón, Cybersecurity Analyst at UNICC, participated in a roundtable on Engineering and Cooperation for Development at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) together with two women leaders in the tech industry.

Sandra Bardon introduced UNICC and presented some activities and projects she is working on related to development cooperation in the field of cybersecurity. The session closed with a round of questions by the attendees. Sandra received many good questions from the students who were very interested in joining UNICC.

UNICC's Sandra at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) together with two women leaders in the tech industry.
Photo: UNICC/Bardon

Career fairs, talent events and more

Additionally, UNICC has presented job and internship opportunities at several career fairs in Spain and Switzerland, connecting with potential candidates in a variety of fields, from all areas of digital business and technology.

Other recent events with academic institutions include the International Girls in ICT Day event on 27 April 2022 at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in Brooklyn, New York, USA in partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, NYU Tandon.

UNICC at the International Girls in ICT Day event
Photo: UNICC/Ouyang

UNICC’s participation in these events speaks to its commitment to SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals.