UNICON has over 100 member institutions worldwide that are committed to the development and advancement of executive education. To celebrate our member institutions, we will be sharing spotlights and interviews of some of our members within the UNICON community.
Member Interview: Aldemir Drummond, Vice Dean at Fundação Dom Cabral and UNICON Primary Representative
Please describe your role at your institution.
I am one of three vice deans at Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC). I am responsible for all programs related to individual development (not, in principle, organizational development). That means non-degree open enrollment programs and degree programs like Executive MBA, Professional Master’s program, Specialization (post-graduate degree program for specialized skills). Besides that, I am also responsible for faculty, research and education (pedagogical development).
How long have you/your institution been a part of UNICON?
I have been a part of UNICON since 2018.
What UNICON activities and resources do you engage in the most? Which activities and resources do you find the most valuable?
I am part of UNICON’s Research Committee. I have attended two conferences in 2018 and intend to attend two in 2019. I also read UNICON’s research reports from the website. I find the interaction with other schools very valuable in terms of knowing what other schools are doing. Also, some research reports can give useful insights for the development of the school.
Please describe your institution’s approach to executive education.
FDC is an independent institution, mainly focused on executive education. Executive education is responsible for 75% of the revenue of the whole school (US$ 48 million out of US$ 65 million in total revenue). We are continuously investing in both new content and new pedagogical approaches for our programs.
How has your involvement with UNICON made an impact on both your professional career and the executive education program(s) at your institution?
The main impact for the school is to be connected with other schools regarding executive education. Currently, the discussions around executive education rankings have also raised important points regarding both recent and future development of the executive education industry.
How do you see executive education changing in the next few years?
I believe executive education will face growing competition outside of traditional business schools. Large consulting companies are already competing, particularly in custom programs. For open enrollment programs, competition will also come from specialized companies/consultancies.
Artificial intelligence is going to occupy an important role, particularly regarding individual development. A considerable number of activities that today are done by humans will be transferred or adapted to AI (e.g.: assessments, suggestions of content for further individual development, etc.)
Executive education faculty will need to develop skills related to curatorial activities (selecting content linked to companies and individuals’ need to interact with AI) and to pedagogy, appropriated to the new generations who learn in different ways from the previous ones.
There is already a need for quite heavy investments in digital platforms which can personalize education. Blended learning will dominate most executive education activities, to a point that the blended classification will no longer make sense. For the new generations there is no split between the digital and non digital world.