• Leading educational authorities met to explore the great forces that will impact the future of our country and the role of higher education in Mexico, with the aim of defining a shared plan of values ​​and principles for 2030.

Mexico City, May 8, 2019.- With the assistance of 24 Chancellors and representatives of public and private universities throughout the country, the national meeting “Our Shared Future: Values ​​and Visions for Education” was launched to analyze the paper from the university looking to the future, to build a shared vision of the future of education and to define goals and joint projects.

In welcoming the workshop, the rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Enrique Graue Wiechers, said that in the face of an uncertain labor market it is necessary to reflect on “how are we preparing our students to face a new reality? What do we want from higher education? “According to studies by the World Economic Forum for the year 2022, 42 percent of the work will be done through computers, artificial intelligence and algorithms.

The changes and vertiginous transformations that take place in the country and the world, make it necessary to discuss the mission and vision of higher education institutions, said Rector Graue.

For his part, Salvador Alva, president of Tecnológico de Monterrey, commented that “universities are one of the main factors for a country to attract the best talent and boost research. We are very happy to start this historical process of reflection and collaboration, which will undoubtedly have a strong impact so that Mexico can advance on its path towards a knowledge economy. It is urgent that as a country we promote innovation and the development of talent, which have been key to the advancement of the most developed countries. We as universities can make better and bigger contributions working together for the benefit of our society. “

Marcos Martínez Gavica, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Universia and Chairman of the Board of Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico, thanked the rectors for their assistance and commented that “for Banco Santander this meeting is a very significant act since for more than 15 years we have a close relationship with the public and private universities of the country, serving as facilitators of the ideas and actions of the institutions that are part of Universia, our university collaboration network. I am sure that these two days of work will be of great benefit for higher education in our country, facing the challenges that the future poses for us.”

Among those attending the workshop were the Executive Secretary General of the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUIES), Jaime Valls Esponda; the president of El Colegio de México, Silvia Elena Giorguli Saucedo; the general rector of the University of Guadalajara, Ricardo Villanueva Lomelí; the general director of the National Technological Institute of Mexico, Enrique Fernández Fassnacht; and the chancellors of the autonomous universities of Sinaloa and Yucatan, Juan Eulogio Guerra Liera and José de Jesús Williams, respectively.

Convened by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Tecnológico de Monterrey and Banco Santander, the workshop has the collaboration of the Institute for the Future, a world-renowned organization for its work in conjunction with educational institutions to help them plan for the future. long term, with the support of practical research tools and training in foresight techniques to face complex changes and develop strategies for a sustainable future.

In the first working session, the rectors explored some of the great forces that will impact the future of Mexico and the role of higher education in the country by 2030.

In the second session, which will be held on May 9, common values ​​and principles will be defined and projects and actions that can place Mexican universities on the path to that future will be explored.

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About Tecnológico de Monterrey

The Tecnológico de Monterrey (http://www.tec.mx) is a private non-profit university founded in 1943, whose vision is to train leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, human sense and internationally competitive. The Tec de Monterrey has 26 campuses in Mexico and an enrollment of more than 64,000 students of professional and postgraduate level, and almost 7 thousand professors; in addition to 27 thousand high school students and more than 2,500 teachers at that level. The institution is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) since 1950. According to the QS World University Rankings (2019) it is in the position number 178, and in its opinion indicator among employers It is ranked as number 1 in Mexico and as number 52 in the world. In the QS University Rankings: Latin America (2019) it occupies the 6th position; in this same region, according to the Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings (2018) ranked number 1 in Mexico and 5a in Latin America, and is the only non-US university in Princeton’s Top Schools for Entrepreneurship (2019) Review and Entrepreneur, to occupy the position 10 in programs of entrepreneurship in degree. It is the number one institution in the Education Sector within the MERCO Companies Ranking that measures corporate reputation in Mexico.

About the UNAM

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (www.unam.mx) was founded on September 21, 1551 under the name of the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico. It is the largest and most important university in Mexico and Latin America. Its main purpose is to serve the country and humanity, train professionals useful to society, organize and conduct research, mainly about national conditions and problems, and extend the benefits of culture as widely as possible.

About Santander

Universities and Universia Banco Santander has a firm commitment to higher education, which materializes through Santander Universities a unique international initiative that distinguishes it from other financial institutions. Santander is the private company that invests most in support of education in the world (Varkey report / UNESCO-Fortune 500) with more than 1,200 collaboration agreements with universities and institutions in 21 countries. Since 2002, it has allocated more than 1,700 million euros to initiatives and academic programs and only in 2018 granted more than 73,000 scholarships and grants with the aim of contributing, through its support to education, to the progress of people, businesses and society.  

In Mexico, Santander has been recognized as the “Most Socially Responsible Bank in Mexico” for the third year, due to its support for higher education and its work in favor of children (International Finance Magazine). Through the Support Plan for Higher Education, Santander has allocated more than 1,250 mp in the country over the last 10 years to national and international mobility scholarship programs, as well as to promote university entrepreneurship through the Santander Prize. Business Innovation.

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