On September 6th, 2018, IPADE signed a Collaboration Agreement with the USC Marshall School of Business and the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles to establish the Business Lecture series to promote mutual understanding in the fields of business, economics, and finance.
The Business Lecture series will be celebrated annually, and it will alternate between Los Angeles and Mexico City—it aims to contribute to the exchange of knowledge and friendship between the two universities, the public sector, the business community, and investors from both countries.
Dr. Pedro Aspe, current President of Insignia Capital and former Secretary of State for two Mexican presidential administrations gave the inaugural lecture in Los Angeles. His presentation, “Mexico: An Emerging Economy,” was attended by Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at USC, Michael Quick; Dean of IPADE Business School, Rafael Gómez Nava; and Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Carlos García de Alba, as well as other scholars, businessmen, and USC and IPADE students and alumni.
In his address, Provost Quick noted that, “Megacities such as Los Angeles and Mexico City will be drivers of economic opportunity and social change in the 21st century… This agreement is a reflection of how critically important education and partnerships in and between those cities will be for our future.”
Carlos García de Alba, the Consul General of Mexico and an active facilitator of academic exchange between Mexico and Los Angeles, praised the novel perspectives that the initiative will offer for students from both universities and noted that the Business Lecture serves as an additional a channel to provide decision makers with better and more extensive information. “Public policies that impact the business community need to be supported by scientific knowledge in order to contribute to the creation of wealth and well-being in both our countries,” said Mr. García de Alba
IPADE Dean Rafael Gómez Nava also noted the importance of international collaboration.
“IPADE seeks to strengthen its international character by collaborating with top business schools and organizations that support the business communities in both Mexico and the United States,” said Dean Gómez Nava. “Undoubtedly, this agreement will provide each institution with exposure to new perspectives and global experiences that will encourage the development of new, productive business models.”
IPADE is pleased to partner with such excellent organizations and looks forward to hosting the 2019 Business Lecture in Mexico City.