So we were news in 2017

The renewal of the CESA’s certification as a Family Responsible Company, its designation as a campus of educational innovation or its participation in the group of the most recognized universities in the face of the implementation of the peace agreement signed a year ago, are part of some of the news in which the institution made news this year and that we remember this December.

1. Familiarly-Responsible Company

In 2014, for the first time, the CESA was named as a Family Responsible Company. It is a denomination for organizations that promote for their collaborators a balance between personal, work and family life, as one of the core pillars of corporate social responsibility. This is a certification given by the Spanish Masfamilia foundation, but for the Colombia chapter it is done through Icontec or any other accreditation body.

Thus, CESA became the first Colombian higher education institution to receive this EFR certification. At the end of March, through Icontec, this certification was renewed until 2018.

2. Campus of educational innovation

In the middle of the year, the CESA was designated by Ashoka U as "Changemaker Campus": leading campus in social innovation and transformation of higher education.

Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs and transformers (3,300), which implement solutions for systemic changes to human and environmental problems in more than 90 countries. The program recognizes the colleges and universities that have incorporated social innovation and change in their culture, curricula and operations, and that have committed to join the network to make social innovation and change in education the new norm of higher education. At the beginning of January, the rector, Henry Bradford Sicard, received the Changemaker Campus plaque from the hands of Norma Pérez, director of Ashoka for the Andean region. Since 2008, approximately 40 universities around the world have received this designation.

3. The CESA in the network of universities for peace.

After the signing of the Colón agreementat the end of November 2016, in which new conditions were agreed between the Government and the FARC to achieve peace , it began to create different spaces for analysis and reflection on their scope. Probably the most emblematic academic space was the Center for Thinking and Following the Peace Dialogues of the National University, given the contributions provided to the process (the National University carried out the Socioeconomic Census of the FARC). By their work and the relevance of the role of the academy for peacebuilding, delegates from various Colombian higher education institutions, among them the CESA, traveled to the United States to learn about the experiences of peace developed by several centers of studies in that country, with the desire to contribute to the construction of peace in Colombia. Thus, the CESA, the National, Javeriana, Andes, Rosario, La Salle and La Sabana universities held the 'Summit on Peacebuilding' in August, to discuss the great challenges of the academia, and the country in general, for the implementation of a stable and lasting peace.

4. EDAF recognition.

In June, the CESA received the EDAF certification, a process designed to improve the quality of business schools, based on self-evaluation and with the accompaniment of an international dean.

The certification was delivered to the CESA by the European EFMD accrediting institution, that promotes international cooperation and better standards in higher education in business schools.

Only sixteen institutions in the world have successfully completed this program (EDAF), which involves assessing the position of the School and helping it to define strategic objectives, as well as the ways to achieve them.

5. Accompaniment to the San Jose Hospital.

In order to make their processes more efficient and effective, and to benefit the end users (the patients), CESA students accompanied the management of one of the country's emblematic health institutions: San Jose Hospital. This accompaniment is one of the 'appendices' of the work of the Business Management Unit (Unidad de Gestión Empresarial –UGE), of CESA.

The work done for this assistance center focused on the issues of finance and marketing. Given the characteristics of the health sector, we counted on the participation of students of the specialization of finance in order to carry out a diagnosis with scope to the San José Children's Hospital, and with the FUCS (University Foundation of the Health Sciences) to obtain information that can be read comprehensively, and act accordingly.

6. VIVA Awards.

The CESA, as one of the greatest academic references on entrepreneurship in the country, housed the 'VIVA Schmidheiny', cataloged as the most important social innovation awards in Latin America.

This year more than 500 projects from 18 countries of the Latin American neighborhood participated, and 12 reached the final instance, among them, four with Colombian imprint in three of the categories: Social Innovation; Environmental Innovation, and Innovation in Companies Triple Impact. These awards also reward the Collective Action category.

7. CESA, the first to use the Atlas of Economic Complexity, DATLAS.

Under the Marketeers competition, in the Marketing area, CESA became the first Colombian higher education institution to use the Atlas of Economic Complexity, DATLAS, from its classrooms and for Colombian companies.

DATLAS is a tool designed by Harvard University for the Colombian Government - headed in the country by Bancoldex - created to provide diagnostic information on imports, exports, investments, regions, sectors of the economy, products and Jobs, with the objective that companies get clues that allow them to expand effectively, with their products or services, in other latitudes.
For this first version of 'Marketeers', three students carried out a complete marketing plan for the expansion to the US of the company Lök Foods, constituted by a graduate of the institution.

8. In OYW.

Con seis estudiantes, Maria de los Angeles Pardo, Juliana Calderon Arango, Camilo Cardozo, Juan Manuel Isaza, Jose Miguel Maldonado y Maria Andrea Mora, el CESA estuvo presente en la mayor cumbre mundial de jóvenes líderes con ideas para cambiar el mundo: One Young World.

For four days, the Ágora Convention Center, in Bogotá, housed personalities from around the world: Peace Nobel winners, entrepreneurs from the most important global automotive companies, and also social activists from the five continents. The objective: to put on paper the major problems and solutions around five themes: poverty reduction; environment; peace and security; leadership and government, and education.

9. Partnerships for sustainable development.

The cooperation agreement signed by the rector of the CESA, Henry Bradford, with PVBLIC, a US organization that leverages on the power of technology and the means to, along with the business sector, promote social changes that result in the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Both CESA and PVBLIC drew a tentative roadmap of what would be the desired goals and the first steps to follow in 2018 to achieve them.