Rector, Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)
Service education is important to our university, and every university in Mexico has a requirement that students commit to 480 hours of social work. At our university, students do their social work in underprivileged communities because we want them to get out and experience the world outside their bubbles. The second time they get to experience the real world is through their internship or practical work, and the third is when they write their thesis. We are interested not only in academic excellence but also in training young people to become deeply involved citizens. This is one of our principal roles in Mexico’s higher education. Another is to be leaders in the private education sector insofar as other private institutions look to us as an icon. We want them to be equally inspired by our model, which is a specifically Catholic model. We train our students to be future decision makers of major companies, institutions, non-profits, NGOs, and governments globally.
Rector, Universidad Panamericana-IPADE (UP)
The model currently used by Latin American business schools is not sustainable. Right now, universities and educational institutions are out of touch with the needs of the market. Students learn from teachers and try to apply what they learn in their companies, but in reality the things learned are no longer applicable. The Universidad Panamericana is integrated with the broader economy and society, and accomplishing this by encouraging dialogue with the private sector, finding out what skills are needed, and placing students in their second and third years into work placements. There are Triple Helix projects in sectors such as energy and law that require the public, private, and educational sector to create collaborative projects. We have research in medicine, projects with law initiatives and regulations in the law school, in addition to projects with public politics in the school of government and economics.
Rector, Francisco Ramírez Yí ñez
We are located in seven states in Mexico, with 11 campuses. Our mission is to integrate education with values, culture, universal vision, finding a reason for living, and the transcendence of work. For us, offering education is an opportunity to get close to youth and give them vital motivation. The six values that we encourage through our study programs are perseverance, justice, respect, honesty, solidarity, and loyalty. We do not want our students to come through UNIVA only to get a degree. In addition, we are making efforts to ensure our students are successful in their future employment. We have adjusted our academic programs to the realities of the labor market. In 2017, we held a conference with businessmen to strengthen our links. We have a council of businessmen that helps us revise our study programs.
We initiated the transformation of U-ERRE after a year of conceptualization and innovation process with a group of experts. We determined that the concept of university since the 1950s had already died; today, knowledge is a commodity and is found everywhere, due to advanced technology. That is why a university has to evolve. The most important thing about knowledge is its practical application. Therefore, the classroom must evolve into a laboratory and must be open to society. We have to develop a set of skills in our students for them to grow and flourish in life and to be able to adapt to change. Students require a particular space and architecture for them to practice these skills, and we have it. We also want our students to graduate with a geometrical thinking, because in the past the world moved in a linear way. At the end of the day, what a university needs to succeed in is to build citizenship.
Rector, Universidad de Negocios ISEC
The trajectory of ISEC is marked by an objective to have a constant relevance in business. The essence of ISEC has always been to ensure a true professional practice through educators with expertise and experience in their areas. The gap between the classroom and real professional life is in fact real practice and real information and is aimed at decision-makers. ISEC does not develop executives, but entrepreneurs; people with a vision to start a business. This is based on three important factors: dignifying people and considering intellectual capital as the most important part of a company; generating results; and maximizing the wealth of companies. These have always been the guiding principles of ISEC. For the next year, we will revolutionize the curricula. We want to break with the traditional model that begins with the history of each subject. We will have specialized models that will make a student capable of adapting to the forefront of business.
MEXICO - Agriculture
General Secretary, National Food and Commerce Union (SNAC)