9 May 2024

Encuentro presencial de la Iniciativa Iñigo de Loyola en México

  • Representatives of the 14 Latin American universities that participate in the Iñigo de Loyola Initiative have gathered to reflect on the evolution of the network. 
  • Orkestra coordinated the network in its early years and it’s still actively involved in the initiative as part of its internationalisation strategy. 

Last March, the first face-to-face meeting of the Iñigo de Loyola Initiative took place in Mexico City, with the participation of 14 universities from the Association of Jesuit Universities of Latin America (AUSJAL), as well as Orkestra and the University of Deusto.

After five years working telematically to explore the concept of competitiveness at the service of inclusive and sustainable wellbeing of territories, based on the principles and values of Iñigo de Loyola, the members of the network met to reflect on the past, present and future of the initiative.

The meeting also served as an opportunity to interact with the university community and to raise awareness of the initiative in Mexico, as well as to identify and share other activities that have arisen from the interaction between the members of the network.

Orkestra was represented by its general director, Mari Jose Aranguren, and researcher Patricia Canto, who highlighted "the strength of these networks to scale the transformative capacity of research to other contexts".

A network to deepen competitiveness for inclusive and sustainable wellbeing

The Iñigo de Loyola Initiative (IIL) was created at the World Summit of Jesuit Universities held at the University of Deusto in 2018 and during the first years it was coordinated by Orkestra, a period in which the network published its first report: Competitiveness at the service of inclusive and sustainable wellbeing (available only in Spanish).

The second stage of the network was coordinated by the Catholic University of Uruguay and as a result of the work carried out, the network published its second report: The future of post COVID-19 pandemic employment.

inigo loyola mexico2Currently, the Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México is coordinating the third stage of the network, which will culminate with the publication of a report focused on the role of universities in promoting development that enables reconciliation with justice and provides clues on how to move forward in overcoming the polarisations that hinder development in different contexts.

The next stage of the network, which will be coordinated jointly by the Catholic University of Córdoba, the University of Salta and Loyola University, will seek to strengthen the institutionalisation of the Initiative, which would underpin the fulfilment of its mission: "to promote the development of capacities in the different Jesuit higher education institutions to carry out transformative research in their realities, generating a shared discourse on competitiveness for economic and social progress".

Developing capacities to carry out transformative research

Orkestra has been working for years with a transformative research approach, which seeks to transform the territory and address its challenges by connecting global academic knowledge with the practical knowledge of the actors in the Basque Country.

This role as a bridge between global and local knowledge highlights the importance of the international knowledge networks to which Orkestra belongs. Today the institute shares knowledge about its research on territorial competitiveness and policies with a wide network of universities, associations and institutions and explores how to scale transformative research to other contexts.

In Argentina, two very representative projects have been carried out in this regard. The first, with the Catholic University of Cordoba, was oriented towards the creation of a research centre on competitiveness and the development of capacities for transformative research. The second, currently underway, is being developed with the Cordoba Competitiveness Agency and aims to provide the province with a competitiveness framework for its own wellbeing, which facilitates public policy decision-making.