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Focus on global challenges at the Reinventing Higher Education seminar in Mexico


IE University (Spain), Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile) and Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) are meeting for the second consecutive year to create a space for reflection on the future of higher education in a seminar entitled “Reinventing Higher Education: The University of the Future”.

The seminar is the Latin American edition of the conference held annually by IE University for the last 7 years in Spain. This year the seminar will be held on December 11 and 12 in Monterrey as part of the Fourth International Congress on Educational Innovation focused on “Designing the Future of Education” at Tec de Monterrey.

“Reinventing Higher Education: The University of the Future” will serve as a platform to debate the key challenges currently facing universities, including digital transformation, globalization, and educational needs in the face of a changing work market. The “universality” of the university sector in moments of social and political change that limit talent mobility will be another focal point.

What challenges lie ahead in equipping human capital with a capacity to respond to the needs of an increasingly demanding and dynamic society? The seminar seeks to answer this question from the standpoints of academia, business and society. It will bring together university leaders from Latin America, the U.S. and Europe, as well as key players from the corporate world and the media to examine the current scenario from different perspectives. Speakers will include Kerry Healey, President of Babson College (U.S.), Salvador Alba, President of TEC (Mexico), Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University (Spain), Federico Valdés, Rector of UDD (Chile) and Pablo Navas, Rector of Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), along with experts from Brown University, Harvard University, Coursera, Telefónica, Universia, and AACSB. Top-tier journalists from EL PAIS, Expansión, El Mercurio, Times Higher Education and El Economista will also be sharing their vision of the information society in different countries with regard to future challenges in the education sector.

Keynote speakers in the Fourth Congress on Educational Innovation will include the rector of Mexico’s Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Enrique Graue, the CEO of Coursera, Jeff Maggioncalda, and MIT Media Lab engineer Jennifer Groff. Over the course of the three-day congress, which is expected attract more than 3,000 people, they will all be sharing how they see the new student profile and the challenges facing future talent.

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