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J-WEL welcomes Universidad Iberoamericana as newest Higher Education Collaborative member

Universidad Iberoamericana to build faculty connections, innovation and learning opportunities through engagement with MIT

CAMBRIDGE, MA, January 10, 2020Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) joins the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) as the newest member of the Higher Education Collaborative. Established over 70 years ago, IBERO is Mexico’s oldest Jesuit university and one of the country’s first private universities. IBERO recently revised its mission statement to include innovation as a key element, with the goal of transforming Mexican society. Through participation in J-WEL, IBERO will continue to develop and advance a university-wide innovation plan. 

Through J-WEL membership, IBERO joins a community of 33 other schools, universities, non-profits, government agencies and companies addressing the world’s most pressing education challenges and exploring opportunities presented by new educational technologies, effective practices, and emerging scientific understandings of learning. Other members of the Higher Education Collaborative include Japan’s Seikei University, Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and the University of The Bahamas. 

“Universidad Iberoamericana’s mission to harness innovation to transform society aligns with the goals of J-WEL, making them a wonderful addition to our community,” noted Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar, Assistant Director for J-WEL Higher Education. “Not only that, but we are also thrilled that Iberoamericana is the first Mexican university to join J-WEL. Our team believes that fostering collaboration with colleagues across North America is essential for impact both within and outside of higher education institutions.” 

Jorge Meza, Provost for Outreach and External Collaborations explained how joining J-WEL helps contribute to IBERO's mission:

“Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) attempts to serve the people of Mexico by collaborating in the impartial and nonsectarian search for a cultural identity, congruent with its history and open to the world. Furthermore, IBERO has a profound and effective sense of social justice, which strives for the integral development of human communities, especially those in most need. IBERO's acceptance as a new member of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), is an important advancement for the university in furthering its mission through innovative teaching methods and collaborations, and we look forward to all fruitful endeavors as a member."

IBERO representatives recently attended the October 2019 J-WEL Week, which focused on “Building a University-Led Ecosystem.” Participants were able to reflect on challenges and opportunities in their university’s innovation ecosystems. Signature events of J-WEL, J-WEL Weeks bring together representatives of member organizations with MIT faculty and researchers from across MIT. Through seminars, presentations, and hands-on work, MIT participants support member efforts to transform educational systems and develop solutions applicable across global contexts. 

Photo from left: Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar, Assistant Director for J-WEL Higher Education; Vijay Kumar, J-WEL Executive Director; Jorge Meza, Provost for Outreach and Collaboration at Universidad Iberoamericana; Patricia Espinosa, Head of Institutional Planning at Universidad Iberoamericana at the October 2019 J-WEL Week