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“The future of education will be underpinned by critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making”

A total of 21 graduate students of EAE Business School spent a semester last year at New York’s prestigious Pace University, one of the School’s partners. Neil Braun, the Dean of the American institution, collected EAE’s International University Excellence Award at the Barcelona Graduation Ceremony

Friday, 7 de July, 2017

During this year’s Graduation Ceremony, EAE Business School acknowledged the great work of its international partners: ESAN Graduate School in Peru and Pace University in New York, by presenting the institutions with the EAE International University Excellence Award. The two institutions have earned a great reputation in their respective countries. In this respect, it should be noted that EAE has 65 partnership agreements in place with universities and business schools in 23 countries on 4 continents

The Dean of Pace University of New York, Neil Braun, collected the award during the Graduation Ceremony in Barcelona, highlighting the importance of education and the challenges faced by modern educational institutions.

Braun explained that, this year, his University had welcomed 21 graduate students from EAE to spend a semester in New York, taking marketing programs and management and finance courses “that will count towards credits for their tuition in Barcelona”. He went on to say that they “also have an undergraduate exchange program through which they welcome students to spend a semester in New York”, while his University sends students to spend the same period in Barcelona”.

According to the Dean of Pace University, they were very impressed by the profile of graduates and students of EAE’s Master and they have enjoyed teaching the participants. “We were impressed by their diversity, as they came from all over Latin America and elsewhere. We have welcomed students from Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, etc. New York is a very easy place for students from all over the world as it has communities of practically all origins. So, it has been really fantastic as we really value diversity”.

With respect to talking about the challenges for the future that institutions will face with regard to education, Braun highlighted that they are the most interesting aspect of forming part of the world of business schools nowadays. “Work in the future is going to be very different from work throughout history”. Neil believes that we are witnessing our own version of an industrial revolution, and wonders how best to educate students today for them to be able to develop a successful career in the coming decades.

In Braun’s opinion, the key answer to this question is the same as it has always been or, in other words, “critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making”. He went on to discuss how to teach students to think critically, resolve problems, find evidence to support points of view, be capable of listening to alternative perspectives, learn templates for multiple problem resolution. “Each business discipline, whether it be marketing, finance, management or accounting, has its own framework for problem resolution. So does every profession. My wife is a psychologist and she has a different way of thinking about things that a lawyer. So, the aim is to teach people to resolve problems and give them the appropriate tools to do so. I believe that this is the key to good education in the future”.

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