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"The challenge facing the University today is very great: we can no longer remain anchored in the past."

The University's President participates in the first Ibero-American meeting of employment youth, organized together with 11 universities from 8 countries and with more than 5,500 registered participants.


FotoCedida/Speakersof the roundtable: Paco Fernández, director of HR of Atlético de Madrid, Rebeca Marciel, Consulting Director of Microsoft Spain, Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero, President of the University of Navarra and Fernanda Llergo, general rector of the Universidad Panamericana.

15 | 04 | 2021

"We have to recognize that the challenge facing the university is great and that the university that remains anchored in the past will not do its job well". This was stated by Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero, President of the University of Navarra, during the Iberoamerican Work Challenge Forum, the first Iberoamerican meeting of employment for young people. The initiative, promoted by the academic center of Navarra and co-organized with 11 other universities from 8 countries, was attended by more than 5,500 participants.

The University of Navarra's President participated in an online roundtable entitled "How to be a protagonist of change", in which 1200 attendees took part. In the past, he explained, people left university knowing enough Procedural Law, Biochemistry , geometry... to develop a professional degree program . But now, in his opinion, in the university training it is no longer so important what information I accumulate "as it is creativity, the ability to work in a team, initiative, humanistic training , having an international mind, linguistic and technological skills, criteria, depth of thought, intellectual curiosity...".

The university has two paths, according to Professor Sánchez-Tabernero: to offer the necessary knowledge to land in the labor market, but also "to be the place that provides people with a broad perspective and interest in what is relevant". In this sense, he advocated for an interdisciplinaryresearch , for an international student experience, for a great academic life, etc.

Rationality versus fear

Regarding the pandemic, he pointed out that in the face of a crisis the main thing is to clarify your priorities and give the best of yourself, as a person and as an institution. "Openness to change is fundamental, but in changing you need a compass. Know what is important to you. What can't I fail at." Second, you need people's commitment . "At the University of Navarra in one weekend we were able to move from 1400 face-to-face subjects to 1400 online subjects and this happened because people were committed and wanted to give their best," he recalled.

According to President, the pandemic has introduced the fear factor. "During the last 20 years we have had an incredible scientific and technological development and that has made us think that everything was under control," he said. In his opinion, the best medicine against fear is rationality. "It is essential to live without fear, being prudent, because fear paralyzes," he said.

Together with Professor Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero, speakers at roundtable includedFernanda Llergo, general rector of the Universidad Panamericana - IPADE; Rebeca Marciel, Consulting Director of Microsoft Spain; and Paco Fernández, director HR of Atlético de Madrid.

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