The fifth ASI Innovation Week 2023 was recently held. This event looked at the trends and challenges of innovation for the industrial sector at the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI). It was a hybrid meeting that took place at the Masters and Postgraduate Campus of the Technological University of El Salvador (UTEC), located in San Salvador and was transmitted online.
ASI Innovation Week became the meeting point for national and international specialists, academia and entrepreneurs, as well as companies interested in innovation and transformation, and showcasing their technology. Javier Parra Domínguez, researcher from the BISITE Research Group at the University of Salamanca, participated in this meeting together with other professionals from the sector to share his knowledge in a panel discussion on "reinventing education". Also present at the roundtable were: Mónica Gabriela Duarte, Professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey; Dr. Lissette Cristalina Canales de Ramírez, Dean of the Faculty of Business Sciences UTEC of the Technological University of El Salvador; Dr. Karina de Castillo, Research Manager at the Secretariat of Scientific Research of the University of El Salvador; and Argumedo, a Salvadoran economist, was the roundtable moderator.
During his presentation, Javier Parra outlined some recommendations to foster the education-business relationship, such as reinventing the relationship between these two areas to foster an innovative environment that facilitates the expansion of existing operations or the generation of new products, which requires a series of strategic and collaborative approaches.
In this regard, researcher Javier Parra said: "An important step is the progress in the creation of joint research programmes that lead to customised executive education programmes. The favourable environment of incubators and business accelerators promotes the good management of research supported, in addition, by internship programmes that lead to benefits in advanced technical fields. The importance of open innovation projects and joint publications and dissemination should not be overlooked, as they can enhance the visibility of collaborative research and foster academic and professional discussion in relevant areas”.
This meeting has become an important initiative that addresses matters related to the consolidation of the industry in El Salvador. Therefore, the BISITE Group of the University of Salamanca is pleased to participate in this type of initiatives that promote interesting ideas and consolidate new alliances.