By Clayton Browne
Rapid economic growth throughout Latin America has created a situation where the educational systems in the region simply cannot produce enough people with the required skills to meet expanding demand. At a time when Latin America continues to edge closer to making meaningful contributions to the global workplace, intense debates are taking place across the region about the shortcomings of university educations – from the rigor needed in science and technology education to mastery of foreign languages.
By James Bargent
Last week, news website Infrastructure Journal and audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG released the Infrastructure 100 – a report showcasing the world’s top infrastructure projects judged on their scale, feasibility, complexity, innovation and impact on society. The 18 Latin American entries in the report showcase a region facing up to the serious obstacles it faces if it is to forge a path of sustainable growth. Nevertheless the projects also clearly demonstrate how Latin America
Julia Santos, Head of Worldwide Strategic Outsourcing, has a lot to say about staying ‘close’ to Latin America and getting a grip on what’s really going on – especially in education.
17th December 2010 – Representatives of Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG), a global leader in relationship management, visited Centro Educativo Villalobos in Costa Rica and presented a donation for vital infrastructure repairs that will help keep the school’s students safe, dry, and comfortable.
Convergys site leader Stephanie Elfenson, Operations Manager Sergio Riley, Employee Relations Manager Giliola Diener, and Team Leader Gabriela Eduarte visited Principal Osvaldo Carranza at the school to present the check.
At the recent dedication of its third contact center in Costa Rica, Convergys announced it was making the donation to the local grammar school, which is located near the new Convergys facility. Convergys also purchased needed books for the school.
A special dance performance put on by the children greeted the Convergys leaders when they arrived at the school. Noted children’s author Ani Brenes was on hand …
The OECD’s recently completed PISA Survey shows that Chilean and Mexican students are most proficient in reading in Latin America, however the region as a whole still lags behind industrialized countries.
The survey, based on two-hour tests of a half million students in more than 70 economies, also tested mathematics and science. The results for 65 economies were released on Tuesday.
Korea and Finland top the OECD’s survey of reading literacy among 15-year olds, which for the first time tested students’ ability to manage digital information. The next strongest performances were from Hong Kong-China, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand and Japan.
Some OECD countries saw strong gains in reading literacy, most notably Chile, Israel and Poland, but also Portugal, Korea, Hungary and Germany. In mathematics, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Italy and Germany saw rapid improvements. In science, Turkey, Portugal, Korea, Italy, Norway, the US and Poland showed …