Empowering leaders to transform challenges into opportunities            February 2013
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Great Start to 2013
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At the birthday party I attended last week with my two daughters, the professional site hosting the party had the children move into three different rooms during the course of the two hour party - from a room with slides, toanother one with trampolines, and lastly to the banquet room where the birthday cake was cut. Why did they set things up in this way? Because it's exciting to be playing in a space that is constantly changing!


The world of learning and teaching is also undergoing rapid change. The advent of MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) is making excellent content available to those who have internet access around the world. The value of traditional classroom instruction in a fast changing post-modern/globalizing/conceptual (pick your favorite) world is being questioned. And 'Edupreneurs' around the world are creating new organizations bringing relevant skills to more people at lower costs. Within our circle of friends, UPEACE graduate Nick Martin founded TechChange a couple of years ago and was recently featured in the Economist article 'Geeks for good'. Another edupreneur and frequent visitor to UPEACE, Roshan Paul left Ashoka to found the Amani Institute last year. And though not yet an acquaintance, the former CEO of Snapish is launching an online university to compete against the best in the world. (See the TED talk below)


Catch Mohit's final thoughts at the end of the newsletter! 

Great start to 2013!

For the UPEACE Centre, January was an exciting and busy month, as we hosted three universities: University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout), San Jose State University (SJSU) and Adelphi University (AU).  Each university came with a different academic focus, but they all left with the same feeling of joy and enthusiasm for Costa Rica and UPEACE.


Click here to read more about each of the universities' experience

Free Webinar-'Educating for the 21st Century'

Join us for our free webinar: Introduction to Educating for the 21st Century


When: Tomorrow, February 14th, 2013 


Time: 3:00pm EST (2:00pm Costa Rica)


To Attend: There is no need to apply.  Just send an e-mail indicating to which webinar you would like to attend with your information (name, country and e-mail) to centre@upeace.org and we will send you all relevant information.


Webinar Topic: Educating in a Changing World: Principles, concepts, frameworks and methodologies for educating in a fast-changing world. It will cover the main focus of the 1-week course the UPEACE Centre will be offering in Costa Rica from July 22nd-27th, 2013.  If you are interested in this course please complete our online application.


Facilitator: Mohit Mukherjee, Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education


More Information At: Educating for the 21st Century

'Edupreneurs'-The Minerva Project
Ben Nelson - TEDxSF - Taking on the Ivy League
Ben Nelson - TEDxSF - Taking on the Ivy League

Mohit's final thoughts...


At the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education, we are feeling a lot like kids at the birthday party. We launched our first online course less than 2 years ago, and we're already looking for a Learning Management System (LMS). We added two new online courses last year, but our alumni are already asking "What else do you have"? And we thought that between our online courses and our face-to-face offerings we were well-covered, but a University partner requested a 'hybrid' course, combining face-to-face with online. Each of these situations is making us move out of our comfort zone, into a new space.


The party will go on in 2013. We are developing new courses in the areas of 'Emotional Intelligence in a Virtual World', Leadership, Impact Measurement, and 'Educating in a Changing World'. We'll be announcing a diploma in social innovation in our next newsletter. All this while reaching out to new university partners and adding to our face-to-face courses in Costa Rica.


And please do notice our new website before it's obsolete!

Ok, so who's bringing the chocolate cake? 


Mohit Mukherjee

UPEACE Centre for Executive Education