Insper’s professors and students interacted with researchers and master’s degree students from CIDE, one of the most important social sciences teaching and research institutions from such country
Insper did a new internationalization activity of COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) in its Public Policy Professional Master’s Degree (MPP). The Public Management Fundamentals class debated with researchers and students from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), one of Mexico’s most important social sciences teaching and research institutions. “Our students had contact with professionals from a high quality, research reference institution, which was important for their growth”, says Professor Marcelo Marchesini, who organized the encounter together with researchers Elizabeth Pérez Chiqués and Oliver D. Meza.
The session was directed to the corruption theme, which is the subject of research of those two CIDE professors. Car Wash Operation Brazilian case was discussed, based on Chiqués and Meza’s studies. Class dynamics counted with the previous reading of three articles known by Brazilians and Mexicans. All students and guests got to know each other previously through Padlet, a virtual board in which each person posted a presentation text and a picture.
The encounter began with a brief explanation from Professor Marcelo Marchesini on Car Wash Operation, followed by two sessions of debates from Insper and CIDE mixed participants with another in-between session, involving all participants. “Professors Chiqués and Meza brought a most theoretical and conceptual analysis on manners to identify, deal with and prevent corruption”, says Marchesini.
Insper’s MPP student, lawyer Larissa Longo highlights the possibility of sharing perceptions on corruption in both countries. “We got to identify some similarities between Brazilian and Mexican corruption scandals, with major involvement of some sectors and bidding process failures”, states Larissa, who works with tax policies research. “It is relevant to identify those similarities because, as researchers and public policymakers, we can drive our efforts to understand those failures and suggest improvements.”
For business manager Carlos Pignatari, also an MPP student, the way Mexican colleagues identify and classify corruption was significant, based on the repertoire. “I believe that sharing experiences is always a good way to understand different points of view and also to know that, even when we build a theory, it still can be hard to understand all process visions”, says Pignatari.
It was the first COIL experience on Public Policy Master’s Degree, which can bring further conversations in the next years. “Either the team here and students and professors from Mexico indicated the experience was very positive”, says Marchesini. “Beyond this one and half hour meeting, they shared information that eventually can feed relationships for further research, professional networking, and even friendships and personal bonds”.
The COIL activity is a planned insertion of two or more foreign universities professors aiming to bring to their respective classes an International perspective on one or more approached subjects. In 2021, Insper held two COIL activities: one about artificial intelligence (developed by professor Andre Filipe de Moraes Batista with Universidad del Desarrollo, from Chile) and the other on sustainable supply chains in Amazon (course designed by professors Vinícius Picanço and Priscila Claro together with Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, Pará’s Federal University, and West Pará’s Federal University).
This type of initiative is part of Insper’s strategic plan for courses internationalization. “With simple actions like this, it is possible to bring out different points of view on the same subject, opening infinite possibilities for students and professors, either by developing innovative, supplementary, and cross-functional teaching actions, bringing cultural actions from every country or region, either by the possibility of networking, establishing researches and other activities”, says Matheus Morais Matos Furtado, responsible for COIL actions development on Insper. “The use of COIL also democratizes the access to international experiences for all students and helps on developing essential skills for the XXI century, as well as to teamwork with professionals from different countries.”