The American Chamber of Commerce of Peru (Amcham Peru) organized a forum called “Innovation in Education,” which was sponsored by Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL). The event took place on June 15 at the Westin Lima Hotel and Convention Center in San Isidro.
The purpose of the forum was to promote high quality education at every level, through existing digital tools and resources, as well as active participation of the private sector at the different levels of education in the country. It was officially opened by the minister of education, Marilú Martens, and the executive director of AMCHAM Peru, Aldo Defilippi.
"We are undergoing an educational reform with four components on which work has been done in recent years: better pay for teachers, in order to be able to attract the best and give them good benefits; the best learning opportunities for our more than eight million students; in addition, we have a very large infrastructure gap; and the last component is education management. (...) The most important debt we have as a country is to rural education,” Marilú Martens remarked.
The forum had two main sections. The first one, “Digital Transformation of Education,” was led by Ethel Bazán, manager of Digital Solutions and Big Data at Telefónica del Perú; Alex Le Bienvenu, Business Group Lead for Cloud + Enterprise (C+E) & Windows at Microsoft; and Sergio Sotelo, executive, Watson Platform & Health, Spanish South America, IBM, who spoke about trends in educational technology, including big data and artificial intelligence.
In the second section, “Innovation in Education: Beyond technology,” the topics of student loans and the private sector’s role in education were addressed. Speakers included Marushka Chocobar, executive director of PRONABEC; Diego Castrillón, vice president of Innovation and Business Development at USIL; Guillermo Vidalón, superintendent of Public Relations at Southern Peru Copper Corporation; and Silvia Noriega, Social Responsibility manager at BCP.
"Emerging economies such as ours have opportunities in student loan models that take into account the student’s payment potential after graduation. We should close gaps through access to high-quality education, with an employability strategy that places young people in the job market. In that regard, USIL is the first and only university to have its own employability model," commented Diego Castrillón.
It should be noted that the event was broadcast live to Cajamarca, Piura, Trujillo, Huancayo, Arequipa, North Lima and La Molina, from where the public was able to ask the speakers questions. Lastly, the closing remarks were made by Juan Manuel Ostoja, chair of AmCham Peru’s Committee on Education and CEO of USIL.
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