IFC Education Newsletter | September 2021


Dear friends and colleagues,
This month we spoke with the CEO of upGrad, a leading online higher education provider in India, and we’re also sharing our latest articles, 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 Mayank Kumar 

Mayank Kumar, Managing Director and Co-Founder of upGrad, an online education company in India for working professionals, says higher education providers need to focus on providing skills for today’s workers. In this interview, he tells us what working professionals want, how he built the business, and the importance of localizing content. Read the interview here.
Thought Leadership 

Global trends in recruitment and higher education are discussed by IFC’s Principal Education Specialist Alejandro Caballero in a new blog.

The opportunities that digitalization of higher education presents for Central America are outlined by IFC Investment Officer Alonso Gomez and Principal Education Specialist Alejandro Caballero, in an article first published in Guatemala’s leading newspaper, Prensa Libra.

Webinar Series

The Convergence of Recruitment and Training

Experts from SEEK, Getlinks, Revelo, and LinkedIn’s Hispanoamerica shared their views on how talent-seeking companies can leverage opportunities offered by the changing world of work, whether the convergence of recruitment and training will continue, and what new market developments we should anticipate.

New Perspectives for EdTech

A panel of leading EdTech CEOs discussed venture capital in EdTech, countries attracting the most EdTech investment, growth prospects, and the potential for public-private partnerships.

Changing Nature of Work

Panelists from the World Bank, Burning Glass Technologies, and CETYS University discussed the changing nature of work and its implications for higher education institutions.

Alliances, Partnerships, and Outsourcing: A Path to Higher Education Consolidation

Executives from Lottus Education, Blackboard, and University Innovation Alliance discussed global trends in new collaboration models and how this is reshaping the higher education sector.
Clients in the News 

Lottus | IFC has invested in Lottus Education in Mexico, along with private equity fund Alta Growth Capital. The deal will help Lottus, a higher education group providing quality, affordably priced education to 45,000 students, to expand territorially and make strategic purchases.
Upcoming Webinar

Students are increasingly demanding the flexibility to learn anywhere, anytime, while learner profiles are shifting to encompass more working professionals. At our next webinar, we will discuss this rapidly evolving environment with leading experts. Click to register!
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