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This month we spoke with the CEO of Lottus Education, a leading higher education provider in Mexico, and we’re sharing the latest publications, webinars, and clients in the news. As always, please send us your comments and suggestions for future issues.


Elena Sterlin
Head of Health and Education, IFC
Expert Voices: An interview with Jesus Lanza  

Jesus Lanza is CEO of Lottus Education, a major higher education provider in Mexico. In this interview, he talks about how the market is evolving, the collaboration with IFC’s Digital for Tertiary Education Program (D4TEP) to improve the university’s digital strategy, and Lottus’ increased focus on student employability. Read the interview here.

The private, for-profit sector has a role in helping countries meet demand for tertiary education, but this requires that governments also regulate effectively to ensure high quality standards, the World Bank says in a new report.
What’s new with Vitae  

Vitae is an IFC innovation that helps higher education institutions improve their graduate employability. These short video testimonials feature Ashesi University and Kumasi Technical University in Ghana, and Strathmore University in Kenya talking about the value and necessity of equipping graduates with industry-relevant skills and Vitae’s role in helping them get this right.
Strathmore University's vision is to form future leaders for Africa who are principled and eager to serve society. The university wants to graduate students who can cope in a dynamic world that is constantly changing. For Strathmore, "Vitae was just the right thing at the right time."
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The Ghana Tertiary Education Council (GTEC) participated in Vitae's 360° Assessment to strengthen the employability of their public technical universities across the nation. Their inspiring belief that every educational foundation should be grounded in employability leads their students to have greater confidence when answering the question, "What's next after graduation?"
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Ashesi University sees its purpose as graduating students who have the desire to make a positive impact on the African continent. They assure their graduates have skills that are relevant to industry, moving the needle from a typical employability rate of 10 percent to 90 percent or greater.
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Riding The Wave of Digital Transformation—D4TEP Goes Global

The digitization of higher education globally, and IFC’s D4TEP program that helps universities implement digital strategies, were discussed by leading voices at three Latin American institutions that participated in D4TEP.

Promoting Flexibility in Tertiary Education—New Learners, New Demands

Industry experts and educators shared their insights into how higher education institutions are responding to changing learner profiles and growing student demands for greater flexibility in how they learn.
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