In the 2020/21 edition of the Scholarship Programme, restrictions linked to the covid-19 pandemic prevented the 600 scholarship holders from travelling to the United States and Canada. Instead, the Scholarship Programme specifically designed a new educational programme for them that they could follow in a distance learning format and in parallel to their fifth year of secondary education in Spain: the Advance Talent Training programme, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Cambridge.
In the first part of the programme, participants took part in an immersion in STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) designed and directed by MIT, a leading international institution in these fields of knowledge. For one term, topics such as artificial intelligence, space exploration, the relationship between music and the physics of sound, and mathematical creativity were covered through classes, talks, workshops and collective activities in small groups.
In the second part of the programme, the 600 students participated in high-performance individualised language training provided by the University of Cambridge, aimed at using their English language skills as a high-level academic and professional tool. After two full terms of training, programme participants completed this experience by taking an internationally-recognised official exam that will provide them with great opportunities both in the academic world and in their professional future.