06.09.2020

UM and Microsoft are partnering to teach quantum computing

UM becomes the first member of the Microsoft Quantum Network - Curriculum Partners in Latin America

The UM is joining the Microsoft Quantum Network, a broad community made up of individuals and organizations collaborating with Microsoft to advance a comprehensive quantum ecosystem, develop practical solutions, and accelerate quantum education community. Specifically, UM will be using Microsoft’s quantum development resources, including Q# and the Quantum Development Kit, to deliver an introductory quantum programming course for students in the Telematics and Computing Engineering Programs in their third year or above. The curricula will also be open for students enrolled in the Master in Applied Research in Engineering program.

The virtual platform courses will begin at the UM in August of this year. It will be held in Spanish and it will be available for students and professionals from Latin America.

“Quantum Computing is a field in which there is great interest worldwide. It is receiving many investments from companies, governments and investment funds. Big companies like Microsoft are developing quantum computers that will solve complex problems in the future. With this partnership, the UM Quantum Computing group will be able to expand their possibilities of training students and professionals in the area”, explained PhD Rafael Sotelo, Director of the Computing and Telematics Department at the UM’s School of Engineering. 

The UM became part of an exclusive network of universities, and the first and only university in Latin America in this network.

“We’re excited to collaborate with the University of Montevideo to make quantum computing curriculum accessible to the next generation of researchers, computer scientists, and engineers. It’s through these academic and industry partnerships that we’ll be able to develop a global workforce ready to harness the incredible impact of this technology”, said Linda Lauw, Director of Scientific Partnerships at Microsoft Quantum.