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Cisco Live Higher Education Summit: A Recap in Four Quotes


It’s been an exciting week for education at Cisco Live Latin America! Not only did attendees get to see our technologies in action at the World of Solutions, but some also got the opportunity to attend our Higher Education Summit on Monday as well.

The Higher Education Summit addressed how to securely enable digital transformation in education.

The day started off with a discussion with Alberto Aguayo, a director at Cisco. He spoke on the necessary evolution of the role of the CIO to the Chief Digital Officer, urging the participants to rethink and redefine what it means to innovate.


Next up was a customer panel with three of the leading higher education institutions in Latin America.

Cesar Hernández, CIO of the Universidad Panamericana, stressed the importance of communication and metrics when transforming a higher education campus.


Cesar Díaz, the CIO of Benémerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla spoke to his campus’ need for virtual classrooms, and the transition they made to transform learning at their institution. Finally, Luis Javier Mosquera, the CTO of Universidad de los Andes spoke to attendees about getting to know the business, and using that information to inform innovation.


After a presentation on our Digital Education Platform, we ended the day with Katty Coulson, the IT Leader for Latin America. Her presentation centered on the critical investment in security to allow universities to embark on the road to digital transformation.


Following the summit, participants left with renewed inspiration to continuously evolve and transform their campuses. If you were at the Higher Education Summit, tell us what you thought in the comments below!

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  2. Barbara, thanks for this interesting form of summary by quotes. I have not been at the summit and wonder, if the two topics: a) Invest either in virtual transport or physical transport infrastructure for students for one and b) which specific portion of invest is suggested for security infrastructure build up for the other were also mentioned or discussed among the participants or on panel?
    The first (a) seems to me a challenging conflict, as the same invest cannot be spent twice (but I am not having much info on infrastructure of public transport situation in those Latin American regions relevant for the participating universities, so this maybe no competition of people vs. data “buses”).
    The second (b) I imagine to require a not negligible portion of initial and ongoing expenses, to keep the physical and virtual campus equally safe.
    I am confident, that Cisco will be a trusted advisory for the second (b), whilst the first (a) will be decided by the customers.
    Maybe participants of the summit will tell in their comments!

  3. Great article, i loved the quotes! 🙂