Keywords: latino impact summit, EGADE Business School, Ignacio de la Vega
The dean of EGADE Business School participated in the panel: “Education, the driving force of growth in the region”, during the Latino Impact Summit 2017, held at the UN headquarters in New York.
“Education is the formost hope for change and progress in Latin American societies. Without quality education, we can't close the social divide and put an end to gender differences, inequality and lack of opportunities," commented Dean De la Vega.
The panel -moderated by Félix Maradiaga, executive director of Pioneer Capital Partners- also enjoyed the participation of Enrique Bolaños, rector of INCAE Business School (Costa Rica), José Manuel Restrepo, rector of Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), and Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College (USA).
Together they analyzed the fundamental role of education in regional growth and development, and identified the strengths and challenges of the next few years in the field of education in Latin America.
“Today, the lack of quality education in the region is not so much a problem of resources, since Latin America allocates 5% of its GDP to education compared with an average of 4.9% in the OECD. The problem lies in the lack of relevant educational models and rigorous assessments,” considered De la Vega.
“What we need in society is leadership in order to see change,” he indicated.
The Latino Impact Summit, backed by the PVBLIC Foundation in alliance with the Ismael Cala Foundation, brings together Latin American businesspeople, journalists, social entrepreneurs, C-level executives, diplomats and philanthropists, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the region in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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