Diego del Alcázar Benjumea, Vice President of IE University, shares his views on the future of education at the General Assembly of the UNWTO in Saint Petersburg
“We educate in the digital age and to digital natives, but we also educate for the digital age,” assures the Vice President.
Diego del Alcázar Benjumea, Vice President of IE University, has emphasized the role of applied technology in training and the development of new methodologies to revolutionize the learning experience. Del Alcázar shared his vision of the future of education at the 23rd General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), being held this week in Saint Petersburg, Russia, attended by more than 1,000 delegates, 150 Ministers and experts in tourism management from around the world.
Diego del Alcazar Benjumea noted: “We educate in the digital age and to digital natives, but we also educate for the digital age. This means that on the one hand we must train people to understand and speak the language of technology, but we must also invite them to reflect on the technological revolution and its implications for our societies.”
“Technological revolution is a source of infinite opportunities but also of enormous challenges.”
Diego del Alcázar Benjumea added that the technological revolution “is a source of infinite opportunities but also of enormous challenges, some of them hard to anticipate. This is why we need a new Enlightenment, one in which we are able to advance a new contract as a society that includes everyone, promoting growth and prosperity and reducing the inequality gap. It is here that education has to play a basic role.”
“We need a new social contract that responds to the impact that the technological revolution is having on our society, and in order to make this possible, we first need to build a new and inspiring philosophy of education, one that enables current and future generations to better respond to the exponential changes affecting them,” del Alcázar added.
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