MCALLEN, Texas – Some people might still know it as the “Inno’ Conference” but South Texas College has renamed its annual discussion on international trade the “Binational Educational Symposium.”

The symposium takes place Nov. 9 and 10. The whole event will be streamed live but in addition, the Nov. 10 morning session can be attended in-person at STC’s Pecan Campus in McAllen.

The Nov. 10 in-person session includes a presentation by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, an expert on near-shoring, and a look at trade activity at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

“This whole event is based on the idea of collaboration between the institutions of Mexico and the United States,” said Jose Eduardo Olivares, an economics instructor at STC. “At STC we pride ourselves in helping our community grow and the only way that can happen is by having both sides of the border grow.”

Co-sponsoring the symposium are La Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas and INDEX Reynosa, the maquiladora trade association.

“It will be a two-day event that focuses on general topics in international trade. This year we are going to have topics on near-shoring, and we are going to have the Federal Reserve come in and do a presentation about the economic outlook of the region.”

Olivares added: “There is going to be a lot of great information over the two days, Nov. 9 and 10. We are hoping that the business community and city officials can join us. There is just a lot of information that is going to add a lot of value to our students’ education.”

In the video interview below, Jose Eduardo Olivares previews the Binational Educational Symposium:


The organizers have penned this overview of the Binational Educational Symposium:

As economies from around the world recover from the global crises brought about by the pandemic and international conflicts, a new era brings about new challenges in supply chain systems and commerce in general.

To better understand these new challenges, and how public and private institutions have been adapting to the new realities of international commerce and supply chain systems, South Texas College has partnered with La Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas (U.A.T.), as well as INDEX Reynosa to present the 3rd Binational Educational Symposium. This event is open to the public, free of charge, and will be held in hybrid form (both virtually via Microsoft Teams and in-person at our Pecan Campus) on November 9th and 10th.

Specific topics covered during the Binational Educational Symposium include innovations in supply chain implementation and management, as well as public and private sector innovations in international trade. Workshops will also be offered in topics relevant to the skills and knowledge required in the fields of international commerce and supply chain operations.

In addition to the free conferences and workshops focused on international trade and commerce, the Binational Educational Symposium will be hosting students from our STC campuses and Dual Credit Academies around the valley. These students will attend the Federal Reserve presentation from our main program as well as other educational presentations financial literacy and career paths.

This year’s event will also give seven of our South Texas College students a chance to compete in the BES Challenge. This challenge is an interschool competition where seven students from each of our participating institutions compete for educational technology and other prizes using the skills and knowledge acquired during this two-day event.

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