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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Postgraduate course in CIOs Executive Program
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2nd Edition
15 ECTS (120 teaching hours)
Blended learning

The postgraduate program combines face-to-face sessions, on Fridays and Saturdays, with online activities.

Language of instruction
Catalan / Spanish
€4,200 €3,780(10% discount if you enrol before 15th December!)
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 60 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
Notes 0,7% campaign

Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 18/02/2022
Classes end: 15/07/2022
Programme ends : 30/11/2022
Friday: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this postgraduate course?
The constant demand for professionals in the ICT sector continues to grow. In the last year it has increased by 40% in Catalonia, while the available profiles have grown by only 7.6%. Thus, the lack of ICT professionals is now the first obstacle that companies find to grow and carry out their strategies, especially when the managers and leaders of these teams are one of the most difficult vacancies to fill. There is, therefore, a constant demand for new CIOs who successfully lead and manage a good ICT strategy in organizations.

A good preparation of current and future CIOs (Chief Information Officer), a position also known as IT Director or Director of Information Systems, is essential nowadays. With this objective, the postgraduate program in CIOs Advanced Business Program is born, an executive program adapted to cover the professional skills required for this profile, providing an updated view adapted to the digital society of the 21st century.

The program offers a practical and applied vision of IT management, comprising IT strategy and IT-business alignment, IT resource management (which includes services and solutions, finance and talent), while providing a vision of innovation and entrepreneurship in the current context, with a complete vision of emerging technologies for digital transformation, and which will include a practical project.

  • Manage and direct an IT department aligned with business objectives.
  • To be able to manage company resources (data, apps, finances, people, etc.).
  • Acquire a strategic vision of ICT applied in the various environments of society and business.
  • Understand the state of technology and new approaches and management techniques.
  • Lead the digital transformation for innovation in an organization.
  • Develop and lead a global project for an IT department.
Who is it for?
The postgraduate course targeted for technical professionals in the STEM field, economists/ADE or any professional in the IT environment, with management aspirations and a business vision.

It is especially aimed at people with some experience in IT management (project managers, service managers, quality managers, CTOs, etc.) who aspire to a managerial role and seek to acquire the business vision.

Training Content

List of subjects
6 ECTS 48h
Blended learning
IT strategy and IT-Business Alignment
  • Strategic management.
  • Information systems planning.
  • The ICT function as a partner of the company.
  • IT governance.
  • Data governance.
  • Security and risk management.
4 ECTS 32h
IT Resource Management
  • Portfolio of the services and solutions management.
  • Demand management.
  • Financial management.
  • People & talent management.
3 ECTS 24h
Innovation and Emerging Technologies
  • Disruptive Technologies and Digital Transformation.
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship.
2 ECTS 16h
Blended learning
Project and Conferences
  • Prestigious CIOs conferences.
  • Group work.
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion. (Ver datos que constan en el certificado).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Some complementary lessons are presented through conferences in which professional experts in the field present the current situation and future challenges on the subject.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Teaching staff
  • Almirall, Esteve
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    Associated professor at Esade and director of the Center for Innovation in Cities. Lecturer in several universities, among them
    University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), Purdue University, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He has a mixed background both in artificial intelligence (AI) and management science, particularly innovation. However, he spent a previous life in the business IT sector with a career in consulting and banking where for many years, being the youngest chief technology officer (CTO) of the Spanish banking industry, the 1st in online transactions and the 2nd in online banking.
  • Álvarez Torezano, Ramón
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    Customer & Commerce Technology at Mango. Previously Head of CRM at Desigual, Vice-President at Capgemini, leading the Digital Customer Experience area. He has collaborated with companies and organizations from different sectors: Carrefour, Desigual, El Corte Inglés, DIA, Mercadona, Repsol, Telefónica, La Caixa, Naturgy, among others.

  • Brieva, Erik

    A Computer Engineer and the holder of a Master's degree in Computer Graphics. He was director of marketing at Red Hat and is currently CEO of Strands. A multiple entrepreneur and executive in innovative companies, he was the founder of Polymita (acquired by Red Hat), Enzyme (acquired by the Nexe Group), Intelligent Software Components S.A. (acquired by a Private Equity fund), Altea Consulting, iSOFACT and Wannay. Guest lecturer at IESE, Esade and the UPM.
  • Castells Odena, Jordi
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    Computer Engineer by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Management Development Program (PDD) by IESE Business School and Master in Business Management and Organization (MBA) by the School of Business Administration (EAE Business School). He has a long career in the ICT sector, in service companies (Price Waterhouse, CSC, KPMG) and software (Microstrategy). He was Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Miguel Torres, S.A. for twelve years and is currently corporate general manager at Happy Punt, SLU. He has been a member of the boards of directors of AUSAPE, the Council of CIOs of Catalonia and FIB Alumni. He has collaborated as a consultant for the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)'s Computer, Multimedia and Telecommunications Studies.
  • Fonseca Casas, Pau
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    Doctor at Statistics and Operative Investigation for the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Teacher of the UPC where imparts teaching at the area of Simulation, the treatment of data, the Operative Investigation and the Statistics. He¿s Responsible of the Area of Environmental Simulation of the inLab FIB leading projects of simulation linked predominately at industrial and environmental areas. He¿s member of the Commission 4.0 of the Industry of Engineers of Catalonia.
  • Gibert Oliveras, Karina
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    Ph.D. in Computer Science at UPC. Associate Professor at the Dep. Statistics and Operations Research (UPC), leading courses related with her research areas in Degree in Statistics, D. in Informatics Engineering, Master in Informatics Engineering, M. in Artificial Intelligence, M. in Sustainability, all at UPC, and its associated PhD programs. ViceDean for Big Data and Data Science of the Official Professional Chamber of Informatics Engineering of Catalonia. Subdirector of IDEAI Research center (UPC).
  • Hernández Barjola, Salvi
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    Computer Engineer by the UPC, in the direction of the Posgraduado Technologies, an MBA from UPC-EAE. Creation Companies by ESADE and General Management Program (PDG) by IESE. Managing Director of Sigma Consulting - Arek. Consulting and advisory expert and business consultancy in Financial's managing people, Information Systems, Management of Projects and processes. Coach, lecturer and lecturer at various universities, business schools and companies.
  • Rojano Romero, Manuel

    Telecommunications and Electronics Engineer from Ramon Llull University (URL). He has more than twenty years of experience as a business architect and Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer (CTO/CIO), defining technology master plans, designing and developing technical and security architecture frameworks, and implementing IT governance models in multinational companies (Caixabank, Racc, Cegedim, Ancert, Nokia, Endesa, Gas Natural, Agbar, Zurich) in the finance and insurance, telecommunications, health, public administration and energy sectors.
  • Sayol i Santamaria, Ignasi
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    Electronic and telecommunications engineer. Master in Business Management and Organization (MBA) by La Salle University in Barcelona-New York, Management Development Program (PDD) by the Instituto Empresa in Madrid and General Management Program (PDG) by IESE Business School in Barcelona. Member of the PIMEC Executive Committee and president of the Logistics Cluster of Catalonia. He has been a senior international executive at multinational companies such as SITA, Bull and British Telecom, and a CEO and shareholder of CTC. He is an entrepreneur in the logistics and new technologies sector, and CEO of Improus, a company dedicated to designing technological solutions for temperature-controlled logistics. He also serves as an independent director of several companies.
  • Xicota Adell, David
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    Computer Engineer by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He is currently Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Simon Electric. He has been an entrepreneur since 2007, when he co-founded Edenic Games, a company dedicated to the video game sector. As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of this company, he managed to close several rounds of both private and public financing, until it was finally acquired by GSN Games, an American subsidiary of Sony Entertainment and AT&T. Later, he run the Barcelona office, co-directing the one in London for GSN Games, and he is a business angel and mentor of several companies and entrepreneurs.

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Career opportunities

The postgraduate prepares to work as CIO (Chief Information Officer), also called IT Director or Systems Director, among other denominations. This is the management of the IT department, whether it is a company in the same IT sector or any other sector, including the public sector; as well as of any size (large company, SME, etc.).

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