Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Tecnológico de Monterrey
The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) or simply Tecnológico de Monterrey is a private university in Mexico founded in 1943 by Eugenio Garza Sada. It is also known as Monterrey Tech, Tec de Monterrey, or simply Tec, reflecting its origins as a technological university. It has sometimes been referred to as "The MIT of Mexico and Latin America".
In 2006 the IMRE and the survey company Mitofsky (which reported the 2006 presidential elections for Televisa), performed a study in which the ITESM was considered the most prestigious institution in Mexico. The report included other public and private universities, such as UNAM, ITAM ,UIA, and important Mexican and foreign companies like Nestlé and Bimbo, among others [4]. The Institute has more than 33 campuses nationwide and 19 receptor centers located all over Mexico, with nine offices located throughout the Americas (including Guayaquil, Quito, Santiago, Chile, Panama City) and Europe.

Educational Model
The ITESM has a series of principles that constitute the foundation of the identity and unity of all its campuses and academic entities. The regulations and norms that must be observed by all members of the educational community stem from these principles. They include concepts like entrepreneurial freedom, social mobility, freedom of expression and equal opportunities of admission and permanence of students. The complete list of principles can be viewed here.

ITESM Principles

1943 The ITESM is founded by a group of businessmen headed by Eugenio Garza Sada in Monterrey, Mexico.
1945 The Institute adopts "The Ram" as mascot.
1947 The Monterrey Campus is inaugurated (previously, classes were held in several buildings in downtown Monterrey).
1967 A new campus in Guaymas is inaugurated, becoming the first Campus outside of the city of Monterrey.
1968 The first Ph.D. degree is granted in chemistry with specialty in organic chemistry.
1969 Becomes the first Latin American University with a formal computer science degree.
1973 Two new campus are inaugurated. One in Mexico City, and another in Ciudad Obregón.
1975 Queretaro Campus is founded in the capital of the state, Santiago de Queretaro.
1975 Prepa Tec Campus Eugenio Garza Sada is founded.
1976 The State of Mexico Campus is founded in a suburb north of Mexico City.
1978 The Tec de Monterrey School of Medicine is founded, next to the San Jose Hospital, in Monterrey.
1980 The ITESM introduces in Mexico personal computers as tools for learning.
1987 The ITESM gets hooked to BITNET.
1989 The CETEC is inaugurated at the Monterrey Campus.
1990 The Mexico City Campus is founded.
1995 The ITESM opens its Business Graduate School, called Escuela de Graduados en Administracion y Direccion de Empresas, by its initials EGADE.
1996 Prepa Tec Campus Santa Catarina is founded
1997 The Virtual University is founded.
1998 President Ernesto Zedillo honors the 3rd largest campus, ITESM-CEM (Greater Mexico City) with the "National Quality Award."
2001 The Santa Fe Campus in Mexico City begins its operations.
2003 President Vicente Fox inaugurates in Monterrey the Center for Advanced International Learning (CIAP), at Campus Monterrey, and celebrates the Institute's 60th Anniversary. In Puebla, President Fox inaugurates the latest of the 33 campuses of the system: Campus Puebla.
2005 President Fox inaugurates in Mexico City the Center for Business and Technologic Development (CEDETEC) at Mexico City Campus.
2006 Campus Guaymas switches over to the Tec Milenio University format. Historical Milestones
The Monterrey Campus is the main site of the ITESM at Monterrey, Mexico. The campus extends over 125 acres (0.5 km²), and includes 8 buildings with classrooms, a building for the library, 5 administrative buildings, 5 cafeterias, several habitation buildings for students, gymnasiums, a theatre and a world-class football stadium (also used by the professional soccer team Rayados de Monterrey).
The buildings are separated by gardens featuring a diverse array of local species of trees. The gardens are also populated with over 20 species of birds (including ducks, woodpeckers and peacocks), squirrels and even a few deer (which inhabit the area in front of Aulas 4).

ITESM Monterrey Campus
The radio station's frequency is 94.9 FM. It is produced exclusively by students and covers the whole metro area of Monterrey. It can be accessed online here.

Aulas 1 - Where most chemistry labs are located.
Aulas 2 - Holds the School of Architecture, the offices for the Humanities and Physics Departments, and the offices for the ISC (Computer Systems Engineer) and ITC (Telecommunications Engineering) majors.
Aulas 3 - Holds some administrative offices, and the Math Department.

The CIAP building

Aulas (Classroom Buildings)

The CETEC (Center of Technology Applied to Manufacturing), a major landmark of the campus, is where the computer science labs are located. It is sometimes jokingly referred to as the "Servilletero" ("Napkin holder"), because of its shape. Next to this building, the manufacture laboratories are located, here, several Mechatronics projects are held.
The CEDES (Center for Sustainable Development) and the Total Quality and Environmental Quality Center are located in this building. It also holds the broadcasting studios for Tec de Monterrey's Virtual University.
The Main Building, which serves as the Dean's tower or "Rectoria", houses the major ITESM system's administration. Once the original location of the library, it now hosts the Biblioteca Cervantina, a library containing thousands of incunabula, as well as rare manuscripts, artifacts and historic photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Library, with 4 stories. Holds a broad catalog of books, magazines, newspapers, monographies, tesis, and multimedia material. Featuring a Do-it-yourself system for book and multimedia loans. It also hosts the Digital Library, a broad number of internet databases accessible by the students even from the campus network or any internet connection.
The Student Center. Where student congresses and events are held. Conferences, congresses and fairs are held here, and student organizations are given a place to work. Famous visitors include HRH Felipe, Prince of Asturias, Mexican writer and Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz, Spanish Philosopher Fernando Savater, Peruvian writer and former presidential candidate Mario Vargas Llosa, former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and the CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates, among many others. Administrative Buildings
The Auditorio Luis Elizondo is one of the largest theatres in the city, seating 1800. It holds many cultural activities throughout the year, including student plays.

Tec's stadium, or Estadio Tecnológico, is home to Tec's football team, the Borregos (the Rams), and the professional soccer team the Monterrey Rayados. The Rayados, whose main rival is the UANL Tigres, have no affiliation with the University; they just rent the Stadium.
The Tec Stadium was a venue for the Mexico '86 World Cup, the highest competition in World-Wide Professional Soccer. Also, the famous rock and roll band U2 gave a concert there on February 12, 2006.

In addition to the main campus in Monterrey, Mexico, the ITESM network currently includes 32 regional campuses throughout the country.

Satellite campuses
It consists of academic departments rather than faculties. Both undergraduate and graduate studies are available. Tecnológico de Monterrey is also responsible for the PrepaTEC (Preparatory School), and Universidad Virtual (Virtual University).
The academic departaments at the campus Monterrey for undergraduate level are:

Management and Finance
Health Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Engineering and Architecture
Information and Electronics Technologies Organization
Several academic programs of the Tecnológico de Monterrey are accredited in México by the following organizations recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Higher Education (COPAES):
Furthermore, the Tecnológico de Monterrey has programs which are accredited or recognized by the following international organizations:
Andrew Heiskell Award For Innovation in International Education, 2004 by the Institute of International Education

Association for the Accreditation and Certification of Social Sciences (ACCECISO)
Council for the Accreditation of Accounting and Administration Studies (CACECA)
Council for the Accreditation of Engineering Studies (CACEI)
Council for the Accreditation of Psychology Education and Research (CNEIP)
Mexican Council for the Accreditation of Architecture Studies (COMAEA)
Mexican Council for the Accreditation of Medical Education (COMAEM)
National Council for the Accreditation of Informatics and Computation (CONAIC)
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
Latin American Council for the Accreditation of Journalism Education (CLAEP)
The European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) Students and faculty
The Monterrey Campus football team has recently been national champions several times. Interestingly, five of the ten teams in the Mexican College Football League, the ONEFA, are from different ITESM campuses. The strongest ITESM teams are Campus Monterrey (who play at this stadium), Campus Mexico State, and Campus Toluca.

Noted alumni
See Category:Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education faculty

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