The Business Year

Universities across Mexico are shaping the education model in line with current and future trends, allowing them to attract students from the region and beyond.

José Antonio Quesada

Director, EGADE Business School

We are one of the premier business schools in Latin America and the world. We have strategic partners in the US, Brazil, Asia, and Europe. We specialize in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship. It can be a challenge to retain the best professors in the industry, as many universities offer competitive salaries; however, we do our best to establish a framework in which we approach young talent from business schools in top universities. Business schools should be the starting point of discussions around the main issues impacting businesses, such as the environment. There is a study about the competencies and skills that schools need to develop students for new jobs, and we are successfully applying these to our master programs. Apart from our MBA, which is our most demanded program, we have noticed more demand for digital transformation, innovation, and corporate social responsibility. We have an executive MBA and a full-time MBA that we launched in late 2017. We also have an MBA for international students that includes partnerships with five universities from the US and Europe. Starting in 2019, all our programs will be taught in English. International students are looking at university options outside of the US because of the political situation there. We not only cover Mexican needs, but also focus on how the entire region is moving. Notably, we refresh our programs every five years. Our programs are validated by global agencies as well.

Cipriano Sánchez

President, Anáhuac México

There are several big trends impacting the current education model. Young people today have an intuitive and immediate structure that is important to consider. Teachers should no longer be giving long and rational speeches, as the youth are not used to having to follow these anymore. Other elements to consider are technology and international and national contexts. We have to create more flexible programs as a result. Anáhuac is changing its educative model to make it more flexible and adaptable. We want to implement a model similar to minors and majors in the US because that helps students to be more prepared. We are among the best universities in Mexico. We are in the QS ranking of the 500 best universities in the world. Leadership, for instance, is extremely important for us. Another basic point for us is the training of a person. We not only produce economists but ethical ones who can work with people and are interested in corporate social responsibility. The university has 18 faculties with 52 undergraduate programs. The largest faculties are engineering, medicine, business, law, and communication. We also have 114 programs between postgraduate and master’s degrees. The most demanded is a doctorate in public administration followed by the MBA and the doctorate in social responsibility. Around 4,000 people are studying postgraduate courses at our Mexico City campus, which has 18,000 students.

Miguel Baquedano

Dean, Miguel Baquedano

We have certifications for all careers, and a national accreditation through the Federation of Mexican Institutions of Higher Education. We have a core focus on the development of people, where the main axis is the student, the capacities of whom we develop as far as possible. The university is also renowned for its department of architecture. The professors on the program have all led notable projects and can think big without neglecting the social and housing aspects. These are highly experienced professors, who truly raise the academic level on offer. We are also renowned for our young medical school, which today is a focal point in the state and the southeast of the country. For example, as our first batch graduated, we were ranked 12th out of 124 medical schools nationwide. Our law, accounting, natural resources, and psychology programs are also in high demand. We will continue to position ourselves as one of the best schools in the country by not putting a limit on investment in technology. For example, in the field of medicine, we have a virtual hospital that works through simulators whereby students can practice responses to a diversity of health cases. Our idea is to remain close to technology and entrepreneurship in order to satisfy market demand. We also generate entrepreneurial capacity, enabling young people to better adapt to the changing labor market.

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