Panama’s Achilles Heel: Education

In 2012, CADE will analyze the synergy between education and economy, because in order to have sustained economic growth it is necessary to have quality education and an emphasis on labor market requirements.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CADE is a conclave or annual summit meeting of executives and entrepreneurs in general, from across the country which brings together all members of the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDE), with active participation of all Chapters and whose main purpose is to discuss, analyze and seek solutions to national problems.

An article by Melissa Novoa in Martesfinanciero.com, reviews opinions on the subject held by the director of the E. G. West Center at Newcastle University, James Tooley and Pauline Dixon, Professor of Education and Development of the EG West London Centre, Newcastle University, who explain about successful education systems during the event, which will run from 24th to 26th April at the Sheraton Hotel.

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The Serious Problems in Education in Panama

February 2013

Companies need to invest time and money in order to cover the serious limitations of graduates from the public school system, which is an obstacle to development.

In Panama the educational problem has already been diagnosed. Martesfinanciero.com reports that the country has at least 14 diagnostic and prognostic documents on education, but "none have managed to be implemented completely to produce students with an optimal or acceptable level of knowledge which allows them to have the skills demanded from the labor market. "

Links Between Universities and Companies

April 2013

While in the rest of the world the standard is close connections between the private sector and academia, the region is still holding on to old ideological myths, which negatively affect development.

On inaugurating in El Salvador the II National Congress of Higher Education entitled "Linking Higher Education to the Workplace", the Minister of Education, Franzi Hato Hasbun, noted the need to "carry out a process of connection between company and university , encouraging three fundamental aspects: research, innovation and overcoming social projections. "

Rise of Private Universities in Panama

November 2013

Enrollment levels at private universities are the same as those in public institutions, and the annual income of some of them is over $30 million.

Panamaamerica.com.pa reports: "In recent years these universities have continued to grow, not only in new students, for which they account for 48% of the country's total, but also in market share, which demonstrates how much of a big business they have become. "

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