The first international conference on mentoring celebrated in Moscow

15 /11 /2017 News

November 13-14, 2017 will be the first international conference on mentoring celebrated in Moscow, Russia. The theme of the conference: “Evaluation of the effectiveness of mentoring.” More than 1,000 specialists from Russia, the United States, Europe and Asia will share best practices in solving social and economic problems through mentoring. The organizer of the conference is the National Resource Center for Mentori mentoring (the Fishermen Fund project).

I am a speaker of one of the sessions and the topic of my presentation is Worldwide Mentorship Programs that impact the Socio-Economic development of your Country.

Mentorship programs are becoming very important due to the global talent mobility and the professional and personal opportunities that have been generated. International Mentorship programs provides benefits at individual level like networking, professional coaching, personal awareness, visibility or access to innovation. But also, they have many other positive externalities at the society because they support access to information in a diverse and inclusive way, improves job satisfaction and self-awareness, enhances productivity and innovation ecosystems and strengthen a culture of support and collaboration.

International mobility has been currently shown a characteristic of talented successful professionals. International academic and professional experiences provide students with better career and personal skills. This helped them when they come back to their home country to find a better job and to face the global changes that affects the job market.

The International Mentorship Program of the International Foundation for the Development of Higher Education (IMFAHE) has develop a pioneer program recognized internationally. IMFAHE has created a platform with highly qualified Spanish scientists/professional (>200) affiliated to top international institutions (52 -in 3 continents-) abroad. They are providing mentorship to their home country’s students with the collaboration of national universities and public/private institutions. At the same time, this platform has become an extraordinary resource for the Spanish society as it is transferring knowledge and innovation to Spain in different ways (mentorship, conferences, on-line teaching…) and it is giving the possibility to Spanish emigrants to come back thanks the new connections, visibility and opportunities provided by the effect of this International network.

Written by Borja Santos (International consultant in public policy and international development, adjunct professor at IE University and Head of the International expansion of the International Foundation for the Development of Higher Education [IMFAHE]).