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Nearshore Forum: Sending Guadalajara’s Tech Elite Back to School

Guadalajara’s top tech executives are going back to school.

Jalisco’s Institute of Information Technologies (known as Ijalti) launched this year a PhD program designed for the top executives in one of Mexico’s most successful and prolific tech clusters. The program aims to upgrade even further the skills of Guadalajara’s tech elite, aiming to transform the whole ecosystem from the top down.

NSAM had the opportunity to speak with Benjamin Huerta, Ijalti’s president and one of the main drivers of the program. Huerta has seen the success of tech the ecosystem in Guadalajara, but is also convinced about its potential to jump to the next level, in an arena that can be considered truly international.

Huerta speaks openly about the aims of the PhD program, what it takes to be an exceptional tech executive in 2022 and about what he and his colleagues see as the concerning possibility of being too complacent and falling into what they describe as a “maquiladora” model.

You can watch the complete interview below:

Cesar Cantu

Cesar is the Managing Editor of Nearshore Americas. He's a journalist based in Mexico City, with experience covering foreign trade policy, agribusiness and the food industry in Mexico and Latin America.

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