Parsons School of Design and Universidad de Palermo Announce Partnership to Provide Online Courses for International Business Executives

New York, April 17, 2023—The New School’s Parsons School of Design, a leader in innovative, design-led education, and Universidad de Palermo, the leading school in design education in South America, today announced a dynamic partnership to bring leading-edge knowledge in business innovation and digital disruption to a global audience. The partnership will provide business executives, owners, and entrepreneurs access to a global network of educators from each university and provide them with the tools to leverage innovation and drive success using design methodologies.
The partnership brings an international perspective to business marketing, drawing on Parsons’ rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to design-thinking and strategy, and Palermo’s transformative approach to business education and award-winning online programming. The renowned faculty from each university combine Palermo’s emphasis on innovation and management and Parsons’ focus on creativity and systems thinking to drive meaningful business transformation to an international platform.
The universities launched the partnership with the online program Digital Disruption Specialization, a series of four courses delivered on Coursera. The specialization combines the technical side of business modeling and strategy with the fundamentals of design thinking. Learners will gain an understanding of the principles of marketing and how to leverage them to reposition their brand and their new value proposition in the market using their brand as a strategic asset. The courses, currently offered in English with a Spanish version scheduled to be released in May, are asynchronous and designed to fit around the schedules of working professionals.
“We are proud to partner with Parsons and Coursera to provide high-quality learning opportunities. We have a strong expertise in both online education and teaching business innovation, and this partnership will allow us to provide learners with new skills to expand their career opportunities and transform their businesses. This program provides students with management and digital skills that prepare a new generation of leaders to innovate and succeed”, said Matías Popovsky, Vice-Rector at Universidad de Palermo.
“We are excited to collaborate with Palermo and Coursera and provide a new pathway for global learners and students throughout Latin America to experience the rich learning environments of our universities. The strategic and social role of design in addressing today’s critical challenges is central to our mission, and this partnership represents our commitment to bringing our world-class, interdisciplinary educational approach to a global audience,” said Mariana Amatullo, Vice Provost and Academic Dean for Continuing and Professional Education at The New School.
The Digital Disruption Specialization is designed for professionals with at least two to three years experience in an organizational setting, especially in a design role or working with designers. Learners may enroll in the program through Coursera. Those who finish all four courses will earn a non-credit certificate from Parsons School of Design and Universidad de Palermo upon completion of the program.

Based in Buenos Aires Argentina, Universidad de Palermo (UP) is one of the most innovative universities in Latin America. It is the number one university under 50 years old in Latin America, (QS 50 under 50 Rankings 2022) and it is one of the best Universities in Design in Latin America (QS World University Rankings by Subject, Arts and Design 2022) It offers online, on-campus and blended degrees and courses in the areas of Business, Engineering, Design and Communications, Social Science, Law, Architecture, Psychology and Education. Globally known for the quality of its online education programs, Universidad de Palermo has been awarded with the QS-Wharton Reimagine Education Gold Winner- Latin America.  

Parsons School of Design at The New School is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines, as well as online courses, degree and certificate programs. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.


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