The San Ignacio de Loyola Educational Corporation celebrated its 50th anniversary by announcing its firm process of transformation towards digital education.
The announcement was made by the corporation founder and chairman, Raúl Diez Canseco Terry, who assured that as an educational institution, it is necessary to be at the forefront of new technologies in the professional training field. At this point, he indicated that the public and political agenda should discuss the issues that currently concern the world, such as the industrial revolution 4.0, migratory processes, global warming, and environmental degradation.
"While we insult and attack each other, a technological process that can be thought of as a tsunami is occurring due to exponential growth which threatens the world with automated processes that will impact human jobs," he said.
As examples, he cited PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that predict that 38% of U.S. jobs could be eliminated by 2030. Similarly, the Boston Consulting Group concludes that by 2025, the ratio of tasks performed by robots will increase from a global average of 10% to 25% in all manufacturing industries worldwide.
Diez Canseco warned that while in Latin America there are no serious studies on the impact of new technologies on the workplace, it is highly likely that robots will compete with and eventually replace Latino workers in the manufacturing and service industries.
The former first vice-president of the Republic observed that, according to the Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2018, Perú lags behind at 60th out of 63 countries analyzed. He proposed to increase the budget in Research and Development, expand the technological infrastructure and reduce the digital gap.
"Brazil has eleven researchers for every 5,000 people in its EAP; Colombia has six and Perú has one, which indicates where we are in terms of innovation," he said.
New Human Medicine studies program
On the other hand, USIL’s executive president, Luciana de la Fuente, announced that the university she has entered the final stage of the process at SUNEDU to begin the new Human Medicine studies program with a functional and preventive approach.
She said that proper training of health professionals is an essential and urgent task in the country to achieve better standards of care, treatment and universal health coverage.
She also explained that modern life, environmental imbalance, poor nutrition, and stress, among other factors, affect us today by introducing both new diseases and new ways of treating them.
"The diseases that currently cause the greatest mortality are not infectious or communicable diseases, but those derived from our lifestyles. Thus, in Perú we have five million people that are overweight, two million with high blood pressure, and almost two million people with chronic diabetes," she said.
She also stated that the country needs more healthcare professionals. According to official figures, Perú currently has 12.7 doctors per 10,000 inhabitants, while an OECD country has an average of 33 doctors per 10,000 inhabitants.
"We seek to train and prepare our young people in this new professional studies program with the most advanced features in medical science that approach the whole person, as an operating system, to understand, study and treat, in a comprehensive way, all aspects that maintain health and the causes that generate diseases," she added.
The USIL Corporation's 50th anniversary ceremony brought together prominent personalities, including former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar; Lima Mayor-elect Jorge Muñoz; Christian People's Party founder Luis Bedoya Reyes; the director of Instituto Libertad y Democracia (the Institute of Liberty and Democracy), Hernando de Soto, and politicians such as Lourdes Flores Nano and Víctor Andrés García Belaunde.
The first 50 years
The San Ignacio de Loyola Educational Corporation began in 1968 when twenty-year-old Raúl Diez Canseco Terry opened the Pre-University Preparation Institute with the same name. At that time, it had just 20 students. The educational corporation has since grown to more than 30,000 students at all levels of education, from pre-school to postgraduate, with a presence in three countries: Perú, the United States, and Paraguay.