This is clear from a report on the new knowledge hub presented by the 21st Century University. The Insight 21 space will seek to contribute to the decision-making of leaders from the public and private sectors.
The 21st Century University presented Insight 21, a knowledge hub which aims to generate data and reflections that contribute to solving current problems to impact the decision-making of leaders in the public and private spheres. In an event organized by the house of higher studies on the Córdoba Campus, the directors of the new think tank highlighted that it emerged as a think tank, addressing relevant issues that are of interest to society and considering potential solutions from a constructive approach. in order to enhance the role of the University in its social commitment.
In conversation with Ámbito, Maria Belen Mende, Rector of the University, highlighted: “Last year we agreed among the directors of the University that it was time to continue consolidating our educational mission, it seemed like a good time to impact public and private policies in a more organic way, carry out the management of knowledge at the service of decision-making, and enhance the role of the university in its commitment to society. It seemed to us that the best way to do it was through experts, and from there this Knowledge Hub was born, which aims to be one of the main think tanks in Argentina in the future”.
For his part, Leandro Medrano, director of Insight 21, pointed out that “the objective is to provide valuable knowledge information that is used to make decisions that are complex and impact the lives of thousands of people, which concern the public and private sectors.” And he added: “Among the issues that we consider strategic, the work culture is presented as one of the great losses of Argentina and the world. In a context of strong technological progress, for many people the quality of life improves, but others run the risk of irrelevance. For this reason, we want to reduce the gap between technological and productive development”.
At the launch event, the first Insight 21 report, a study on the global perception of society about our country, based on the dimensions of well-being and satisfaction with life, economic prosperity, democratic functioning, respect for rights, education and access to knowledge and future. The global perception index indicates that the percentage of Argentines who have a negative perception is almost 20% higher than those who have a positive perception of the country. Among the dimensions that showed the greatest negative perception were economic prosperity, democratic functioning and education.
Along these lines, in terms of economic prosperity 60.4% of Argentines indicate that their income is not enough to meet their needs, and 75.4% are not satisfied with their ability to save. On the other hand, in the hypothetical case that they received US$10,000 as a gift, 18.1% of Argentines would use that money to pay off debts, 17.1% to save and 61.9% to invest. 61.3% would be willing to invest in Argentina, while 34.5% would do so abroad.
Finally, the event had the participation of Gustavo García, representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Tomás Balmaceda, philosopher and specialist in digital environments and Mauro Solano, director of Public Management and Monitoring and Evolution of CIPPEC.
Garcia highlighted the role of think tanks in economic development. “To become a reference center for decision makers, three tools are required. In the first place, the human capital that is the main asset of an economy. Currently the most successful companies in the world make a strong commitment to this capital. Secondly, the information, correctly processed, since the knowledge that does not have new data and that does not allow quick conclusions to be drawn, will not give rise to new knowledge. And lastly, telecommunication to capture, process and disseminate that information”, he stated.