Keywords: Graduation, Graduate Degree
After developing the character, knowledge and competencies to create sustainable value in the globalized economy and contribute to the progress of society in Mexico and the world, 81 new transforming leaders took the pledge and obtained their graduate degrees on June 17 during the EGADE Business School Monterrey Graduation Ceremony.
Graduands take the pledge and receive their graduate degrees during the EGADE Business School Monterrey June 2017 Graduation Ceremony. José de Jesús Valdez Simancas, CEO of Alpek, was the guest speaker.
After developing the character, knowledge and competencies to create sustainable value in the globalized economy and contribute to the progress of society in Mexico and the world, 81 new transforming leaders took the pledge and obtained their graduate degrees on June 17 during the EGADE Business School Monterrey Graduation Ceremony. On this occasion, there were 31 Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduates, 23 Master of Global Business Leadership (OneMBA), 12 Master of Finance (MAF), 7 MBA in Global Business and Strategy (MBA-GBS), 7 Master of International Business (MIB), and one Master in Manufacturing Leadership (MDM).
These graduates comprise a multicultural class from diverse cities in Mexico, as well as from Germany, Colombia, France, Ecuador, Peru, Norway and Venezuela. The ceremony was presided over by Salvador Alva, Chancellor of Tecnológico de Monterrey; Dr. David Garza Salazar, Academic Vice Rector of Tecnológico de Monterrey; Juan Pablo Murra Lascurain, Dean of the School of Business of Tecnológico de Monterrey; Dr. Raquel Castaño González, Director of EGADE Business School Monterrey; and the guest speaker, José de Jesús Valdez Simancas, CEO of Alpek. Members of the Board of Directors, and EGADE Business School support directors, department directors and members of the faculty were also present.
In his message, Mr. Valdez Simancas addressed the challenges faced by Mexican entrepreneurs over the past few decades and the current status of global business, which he defined as accelerated technological change. “We live in an unprecedented highly complex, highly competitive business setting. We have overcome the era of financial instability, we have overcome globalization, but a radical change is on the horizon, a change that will be far greater, far more transformational than ever before, mainly as a result of disruptions in terms of technology.”
The guest of honor mentioned the case of the online commercial firm, Amazon, which, thanks to the development of new technologies, has managed to double, in a relatively short time, the market value of the Walmart chain. In the face of technological disruptions, stated Mr. Valdez Simancas, the opportunities to transform business and achieve a real impact are much greater in this day and age than ever before, but the fear of failing or making mistakes is still an obstacle to innovation and entrepreneurship. He therefore encouraged students to continue with their quest to generate change and realize their dreams.
After handing out the diplomas, Arturo de la Garza Leal, an MBA graduate, spoke to the new class of graduates, highlighting the sense of companionship and teamwork skills they consolidated at the School. “Each and every one of the classes we took, without exception, fostered teamwork in the assignments. We know that group capacities surpass individual capacities. When we had to submit a project, we formed teams with diverse characteristics, profiles and time availability. We all completed different activities to reach the same objective, ultimately sharing the same success, which would be hard to achieve without the knowledge and skills of every individual team member.”
De la Garza underscored the importance of this teamwork competency for society. “In our country, we can’t progress alone; we need to support each other to progress together. Let’s stop running in a race by ourselves, or seeking an individual goal, and let’s run a marathon as a team and share the benefits of the goals attained.”
Finally, Juan Pablo Murra congratulated the graduates and invited them to exceed expectations. “Today, we have heard about the importance of chasing your dreams, of continuing to prepare to face a complex, ever-changing world, the technological tsunami that will be engulfing us over the next few years, the challenges Mexico faces, of always seeking empathy, living life with a purpose, of being agents of change and transformation in society. Please, think big. Today, more than ever before, with the existing technological resources, ease of interconnection, access to information and platforms, a person with a dream and the will to fight for it, will achieve great things.”
With this ceremony, EGADE Business School fulfills its unwavering purpose of contributing to the development of men and women who are leaders in their communities, with an entrepreneurial spirit, a sense of humanity and who are internationally competitive.
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