CETYS University hosted some 30 university leaders from Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia from 18-20 September at its campus in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, to share case studies, best practice and trends in its International Seminar on Innovation in Higher Education. University World News was there.
Higher education, research and innovation have surged ahead in Asia in recent decades, but Latin America is lagging. In a changing world where young people need to be better prepared for jobs in a growing knowledge economy, Latin America needs to be more like Asia, said Andrés Oppenheimer, a journalist and commentator on innovation in Latin America.
Universia is a network of universities in Latin America, Spain and Portugal sponsored by the Santander banking group. University World News caught up with Universia Mexico Director General Arturo Cherbowski Lask to talk about Latin American universities’ ability to adapt to a changing world and the development of an Ibero-American higher education space.
Legendary Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky famously said that everybody he played with skated to where the puck is: “I skate to where the puck is going to be.” The same applies to innovation in higher education, says Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in the United States. It is not about online education – that is yesterday’s response: “It’s about figuring out where the puck will be in three years' time”.