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Gabriel Sanchez Zinny is president of, introducing blended learning to LatinAmerica education systems


Gabriel Sanchez Zinny es president de, que promueve blended learning en los sistemas educativos de America Latina
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How Can Cities Help Youth With the School-to-Work Transition?

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:19 PM

We are living in an age increasingly dominated by youth. Today, some 16 percent of the population worldwide--over one billion people--are between the ages of 15 and 24. In some emerging economies, this share is even higher--in Latin America, for instance, youth make up 20 percent of the...

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Discussing Skills, Innovation, and Girls' Education in Doha

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 6:40 PM

Education systems are not keeping up with fast-changing global economies, and in advanced and developing countries alike students are not being prepared for the modern workforce. This "skills gap" was the focus for this year's World Innovation Summit of Education (WISE), an event that brings together thousands of...

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Girls' Education: The World's Best Investment

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 1:17 PM

When it comes to improving education, the evidence is pouring in: reaching girls is key.

That is the conclusion of a new book by President Obama's former National Economic Adviser Gene Sperling and the director of Brookings' Center for Universal Education Rebecca Winthrop. "Educating girls in particular can kick-start a...

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Is Better Information Improving Students' Return on Investment? Lessons From Chile

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 4:21 PM

Much has been said about the need for better information on college outcomes. Especially in an era of spiraling college costs and rising debt, it is more important than ever for students to be able to understand their return on investment - and thus, the theory goes, make better decisions.

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How Can Hispanics Get Ahead in Higher Education?

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 11:26 AM

It is well known that a higher education brings enormous benefits. As the U.S. Committee for Economic Development has pointed out, workers who have at least a bachelor's degree earn twice as much as those with only a high school diploma. What's more, this gap is likely to...

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In a World of Artificial Intelligence, Where Will Latin Americans Work?

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 10:48 AM

Artificial intelligence (AI) is having a moment. With the success of computer systems like IBM's Watson (the first AI to win at Jeopardy against human competitors) and now the "Amelia" program from tech company IPsoft, technology is accelerating changes in the labor market that could have widespread impacts on the...

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Why Don't Students Demand More Career Information From Colleges?

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 6:35 PM

In almost every modern industry, technology is changing the way that users access information. GPS-based applications like Waze provide commuters with real time, crowd-sourced traffic updates, while websites like E-Trade and Yelp give consumers unprecedented transparency into the financial and restaurant worlds, respectively. And the information flow goes both ways:...

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Creating Learning Societies From Colorado's Biennial

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 7:19 PM

When we look at cities connected to Latin America we usually think of Miami, which many call the regional "capital," or New York, or perhaps the less frequently thought of Houston and Dallas, but Denver usually doesn't come to mind. The Biennial of the Americas is changing that.


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Defending Liberal Education In a Technology Driven World

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 4:59 PM

"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom," writes the renowned scientist E.O. Wilson in his introduction to In Defense of a Liberal Education, the newest book from author Fareed Zakaria. Wilson continues: "The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the...

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Online Learning: Bending the Cost Curve in Higher Education?

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 1:27 PM

Higher education is becoming a must to succeed in the 21st century labor market. Research has shown that not only do individuals with higher degrees - from community colleges, technical training programs, or traditional universities - make hundreds of thousands more in salary over their working lives, but

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Harnessing Social Impact Investing

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 11:45 AM

For many, Latin America is associated with a laundry list of negatives: drugs, corruption, gang violence and transnational crime. However, our new report Harnessing Social Impact Investing in Latin America, helps to dispel some of these myths. In fact, in the realm of social impact investing, it is...

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The Magic of Thinking Big

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 1:10 PM

"Technology has the power to drive equity, but it can also widen the lead of those who have an advantage. If the technology revolution only happens for families who have money - I don't think it's a revolution."

These are not the words of a local activist, a Silicon Valley...

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Automation, Productivity, and Human Capital in Latin America

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 8:05 PM

Over the past decade, Latin America maintained impressive levels of growth even as the United States and Europe were rocked by economic crisis. And while the region's perennial social challenges -- including high levels of poverty, inequality, informal employment, and poor education -- also saw improvement, they remain a major...

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Inglés en América Latina: la promesa de la tecnología

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 5:46 PM

Qué está haciendo la tecnología por una mejor competencia bilingüe en la región.

En la economía del conocimiento que impera a nivel global, el manejo del idioma inglés es una habilidad fundamental para el progreso profesional. Desafortunadamente, América Latina aún sigue retrasada.

De acuerdo con el último reporte...

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The On-Demand Economy and the Global Skills Gap

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 2:20 PM

The world is changing at an unprecedented pace. The Internet and related technological advancements are transforming businesses, industries, government administration, and nearly every aspect of our daily lives. And while the spread of personal computers took decades, cell phones, and now smartphones, have proliferated over just a few years.


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In Colombia, Education Is in Fashion

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 3:28 PM

Visit any hotel in Colombia, and you will hear a diversity of languages. Chinese, Arabic and English are being spoken almost as much as Spanish. That's because investors from all over the world are looking to expand their businesses in this fast-growing Latin American country.

By this point, most of...

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La calidad educativa en América Latina está en manos de los docentes

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 6:48 PM

Todos los días parece haber más evidencia de que los docentes son el factor más determinante cuando hablamos de calidad educativa.

Un mayor entendimiento del rol de los docentes es vital para darle foco a los esfuerzos de reforma y direccionar los recursos de manera más efectiva. El desafío...

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Las 5 claves de la innovación en América Latina

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Si a usted le interesa el desarrollo económico de América Latina y todavía no leyó "Crear o Morir", el último libro de Andres Oppenheimer, no puede dejar de hacerlo.

Por dos razones. La primera se refiere a que América Latina no pasará a su próximo estadio de desarrollo sin...

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Political Leadership Is Central to Successful Education Reform

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 8:20 AM

"The school was a mess - low graduation rates, gang violence bleeding into it from a neighborhood now often a battleground, and a faculty close to the breaking point." This is not, as one might assume, a story from a poor community in a developing country. It is, rather, straight...

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The Global Talent Crunch

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 12:51 PM

"We found alarming signs of...a massive talent crunch over the following decade," says Claudio Fernandez-Araoz in his new book It's Not the How or the What but the Who, published by the Harvard Business review. The crunch comes "as a result of three factors: globalization, demographics, and pipelines."

To begin...

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