Congress Topics

New higher education models. University in the process of change

Higher education is immersed in a process of continuous change. Globalization and technology transform our environment, and the university as an institution is not untouched by this phenomenon.
New university models, educational settings, and ways to learn are emerging and current universities should not only be able to adapt to these new dynamics, but they should also be leaders in this process of change.
Within the scope of this topic we will analyze and assess the current situation in higher education worldwide, and the challenges and opportunities that await in the future. We will have a chance to study differentiated university models and current trends that coexist in an increasingly diverse and global higher education system.

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Dr. Rafael Rangel Sostman
Keynote Speaker

Dra. Maritza Rondón Rangel
Panel Speaker

Cecilia María Vélez White
Panel Speaker

Luis Felipe Guerrero Agripino
Panel Speaker

Juan Luis Mejía Arango
Panel Speaker

Yesid Lancheros
Moderator

New financial and organizational models for universities

Just like any other institution, the university must adapt to new global society dynamics and rapid, continuous change. In order to accomplish their mission of educating society, universities are currently implementing models that respond less and less often to the needs of the institution. This results in the emergence of new approaches and business models, which we will analyze and assess. Can the university of the future continue to be managed and economically sustained as it has been up until now?
From an economic perspective, eastern countries have begun questioning the model in which university is sustained by government subsidies, while developing countries more and more often seek governmental economic support for universities. This matter, as well as the understanding of higher education as a consumer good, are open debates that will be discussed and analyzed during the congress.

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Dr. Alec Gershberg
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Claudia Liliana Aparicio Yañez
Panel Speaker

Pilar Murcia
Directora de la Sede en Colombia
Universidad Abierta de Cataluña UOC
Panel Speaker

Paulo Ivo Koehntopp
Vice President
Sistema ACAFE
Brazil
Panel Speaker

Rowan Simonsen
Representative of the Danish University Kaospilots in Colombia
Panel Speaker

Víctor Grosso
Moderator

The university facing the challenge of lifelong learning

One of the major challenges universities face today is dealing with the possibilities offered by continuous education or lifelong learning. The role of traditional college education remains that of establishing initial work and management cornerstones for society. However, this mission broadens today to meet the needs of graduates who want to continue learning throughout life in order to remain competitive in an ever-changing society.
Within the scope of this topic we will analyze and evaluate the opportunities offered to the university by the implementation of continuing education or lifelong learning, and we will discuss how this causes it to transform its traditional working methods.
What is the university of the future’s student profile? How can the university provide an education system able to keep people professionally competent in an ever-changing society?

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Dr. Eva Cendon
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jon Talbot
Panel Speaker

Dr. Abdeslam Mamoune
Panel Speaker

Lina Zuluaga
United States
Moderator

The university facing the use of digital technology in education

During the past two decades, the use of digital technology has brought about a significant change in the way we teach and learn—new teaching methods have emerged, and the importance of digital skills in any education process is now manifest. However, most young people today acquire fundamental digital skills for life outside educational institutions. The challenge for universities is to be able to adopt and own technology, turning it into a catalyst that prompts creative and social change throughout the teaching and learning process. Are new technologies an opportunity? Or are they an agent of change and disruption for the higher education system? Does ICT contribute to addressing new social profiles and including new learning methodologies?

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Dr. Mpine Makoe
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Carmen Ricardo
Panel Speaker

Esteban Venegas Villanueva
Director of Observatorio de Innovación Educativa
ITESM
Mexico
Panel Speaker

Pilar Murcia
Representative of UOC
Panel Speaker
Colombia

Carlos Lugo Silva
Director of I.T. and Communications Technologies Appropriation
Colombia

Research in the University of the Future

Research has always been a cornerstone of the traditional university, aiming to make people, society and society’s productive sector better through the independent creation of knowledge and application of study and analysis methodologies. Yet, what place does research hold in the university of the future? Should all higher education institutions do research? What is the purpose of university research in a society in which enterprises carry out studies and create knowledge that universities are unable to attain?

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Dr. Felix de Moya
Keynote Speaker

Eduardo Chamorro
General Director’s Office of Investigations
Universidad Andres Bello
Chile
Panel Speaker

Dr. Abraham Mendoza
Panel Speaker

Dr. Ariel Orellana Andrés Bello
Panel Speaker

Pablo Correa Torres
Moderator

The university facing equality and inclusion challenges

Equality and inclusion should be fundamental goals of any social institution, including universities. Expanding access to higher education has caused diversification to increase and made manifest the need to address equality and inclusion as fundamental values in the process of accomplishing a fair society that promotes equal opportunities.
The experience of forming minority groups and marginalized populations, or of including socially disadvantaged learners in universities entails challenges and opportunities that will be assessed within the scope of this topic.
How should the university of the future face the challenge or opportunity of inclusion? And that of equality?

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Martha Burkle
Keynote Speaker

Toke Moeller
Mentor at Kaospilot
Denmark
Panel Speaker

Dr. María Consuelo Moreno
Panel Speaker

Andrea Mangiatordi
Panel Speaker

Diana Sagástegui Rodríguez
Panel Speaker

Ángela Constanza Jerez
Moderator