Published on 6 Nov 2013
In a nation with many social and political challenges, universities are attempting to provide Mexican society with professionals who can respond to current conditions in responsive, creative new ways.
But what does it mean to have access to higher education in Mexico? How do corruption and unemployment affect the outcome of the efforts made by universities and teachers?
Mtro. Enrique Fuentes Flores from the Universidad Latina de América presented a wonderful lecture at Oregon State University on October 30th 2013 that focused on the trends of higher education in Mexico, as well as its challenges.
A Peace Studies event, co-sponsored by the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, the School of Language, Culture, and Society, and the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures
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Although geographically part of North America, bordering the US states of Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona, Mexico is truly a Latin American country – with its own unique culture and people. Beyond the stereotypical images of sombreros, tacos and tequila lies a culture and history that can be explored for years. Whether it’s the ancient Mayan ruins, colonial churches or the vibrant food, Mexico will constantly surprise you with its mix of cultural traditions and urban modernity.
Highlighting its rich culture, the country is home to 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of these, the best-known is probably the ancient site of Chichén Itzá, named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. International students may also be attracted by the azure coastlines of Baja California, the vast cactus- and cowboy-covered deserts in the north, and modern, highly developed urban hubs such as Mexico City, Tijuana and Cancun. Although a heavily bureaucratic nation where it’s unlikely for everything to run on time, the country offers a good transport infrastructure, as well as thriving arts and culture scenes. Mexico is especially notable for its music culture, which includes the traditional Mexican folk music of Mariachi.
Currently claiming the second biggest economy in Latin America after Brazil, Mexico has been named one of the ‘TIMBI’ group of countries (along with Turkey, India, Brazil, and Indonesia), which are following close behind the ‘BRIC’ nations as the world’s fastest-growing economies.
Keeping up with Mexico’s expanding economy is a strengthening higher education system, making this a study abroad destination definitely worth considering. For those wishing to study in Mexico, below is an introduction to the top universities in Mexico, based on the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings® and the 2013 QS University Rankings: Latin America.
Mexico’s highest ranked institution is the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, at 163rd in the world and 6th in Latin America. The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México is a public university which has a huge student population of over 200,000 students across a number of campuses in Mexico City and beyond. The school features among the world’s best for a number of disciplines covered by the QS World University Rankings: by Subject and ranks particularly highly in the fields of history, philosophy and education.
As recently as 2007, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s main campus, which was built as a collaborative architectural design project between 1949 and 1952, became one of Mexico’s 31 UNESCO Heritage Sites. The campus, which combines elements of 20th century modernism and traditional Mexican culture, has been praised by UNESCO as a fitting tribute to the country’s progress since the revolution of 1910-20, and, in particular, its recognition of the importance of education.
Moving up 27 places in this year’s world rankings thanks to considerable international growth is the Tecnológico de Monterrey, a private institution which now stands at 279th in the world and 7th in Latin America. Although the school’s population of 90,000 is divided across 31 campuses throughout Mexico, the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s main campus is based in Monterrey, a city with the highest income per capita in Mexico which acts as an important industrial and business center for the nation.
The Tecnológico de Monterrey also offers a number of undergraduate classes taught in English. These are for international students studying for a semester or year abroad and can be used to provide credits towards a degree at the student’s home university.
Like the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) is also a very large public university, with over 166,000 students currently enrolled. Standing at 16th in Latin America and 551-600 in the world rankings, the Instituto Politécnico Nacional’s main campus is situated two kilometers north of Mexico City. The school is also highlighted as a world leader in six disciplines covered by the QS World University Rankings by Subject, including computer science, engineering and physics.
Published on 16 Apr 2014
RMIT urban planning, international development and environment students explore the history, architecture and socio-economic issues of Mexico City. Working with Mexican students from La Salle Universidad, our students find common ground and create strategies and recommendations for sustainable redevelopment and urban renewal in Mexico City.
Find out more about studying urban planning and sustainability at RMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
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Other universities in Mexico
In regional terms, Mexico accounts for a major chunk of the top universities in Latin America. Some 50 Mexican universities are included in the 2013 QS University Rankings: Latin America, which lists the top 300 institutions in the region. Only Brazil claims more.
On an international scale, a total of 12 universities in Mexico are ranked within the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®. In addition to those listed above, these include the Universidad de Guadalajara (601-650 in the world, 60th in Latin America), the Universidad Iberoamericana(601-650 in the world, 27th in Latin America), the Instituto Tecnológico Autonomo de México(651-700 in the world, 31st in Latin America), the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México(651-700 in the world, 79= in Latin America) and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana(651-700 in the world, 33rd in Latin America).
Norman Foster is a renowned British architect winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1999. His firm Foster + Partners is based in London. It has about one thousand employees and 14 offices in 13 countries. Since its inception in 1967 it has received more than 620 awards for excellence and has won over 100 national and international competitions.
In his work, Norman Foster overlaps the location and culture of where a project is taking place. He combines the latest technologies and vernacular building techniques. Some of the most important characteristics of his work are the use of glass and steel, and the white interiors.
On September 3, 2014, the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, announced that Norman Foster (Foster + Partners) and Mexican Fernando Romero (FR-EE) would be responsible for the design of the new International Airport of Mexico City.
The experience of the firm Foster + Partners is not limited to airports, they have also designed the first private space terminal in Arizona, USA, the cruise port Kai Tak in Hong Kong, China and the Dassault Falcon 7x, an airplane's business company NetJets.
Learn more about Norman Foster and his firm Foster + Partners in the links at the bottom of this article.
Published on Jun 4, 2013
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have opened new doors for free online learning that lends itself well to ICT-related subjects. Meanwhile, employers seek candidates with relevant web skills. The Supply and Demand of MOOCs Infographic shows what skills are most in demand and what MOOCs are available that teach those skills, based on the results of a study conducted by the European Commission.
Top skills employers are looking for:
- Web and app design
- Domain-specific skills
- Programming languages
Top skills students want to learn:
- Web design
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- While access to education for 5-14 year-olds is universal in Mexico as in virtually all OECD countries, Mexico has one of the smallest proportions of 15-19 year-olds enrolled in education (53%) among OECD and partner countries, despite having the largest population of this age group in the country's history. Only Colombia (43%) and China (34%) have lower enrolment rates.
- In contrast to other OECD countries, although there was a 3 percentage-point reduction in the population of 15-29 year-olds who are neither employed nor in education or training (NEET) for the first time in recent years, the proportion of young adult NEETs in Mexico has remained above 20% for more than a decade (25% in 2000, 25% in 2005, and 22% in 2013). And while around one in ten young Mexican men is NEET, more than three in ten young Mexican women are.
- In 2013, Korea and Mexico were the only countries where unemployment rates were higher among tertiary-educated adults (2.9% and 5.2%, respectively) than among adults without upper secondary education (2.3% and 3.8%, respectively). In Mexico, the difference is even more marked among younger adults (25-34 year-olds): 7.7% of tertiary graduates compared with 5.0% of young adults with below upper secondary education were unemployed in 2013.
- Investment in education in Mexico increased considerably in the early 2000s and has remained largely unchanged since 2009. In 2011, 6.2% of Mexico's GDP was devoted to expenditure on educational institutions, slightly above the OECD average (6.1%), but lower than in other Latin American countries like Argentina (7.2%), Chile (6.9%) and Colombia (6.7%).
- Mexico has the highest student-teacher ratios in primary and secondary education of all OECD countries : 28 students per teacher in primary education (compared with the OECD average of 15 students per teacher), and 30 students per teacher in secondary education (compared with the OECD average of 13 students per teacher).
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Published on 10 Oct 2014
In 2013, Schuler opened a vocational training center Cedual (Centro de Especialización Dual) in Puebla, Mexico. It has enough space to train a total of 90 industrial mechanic and tool mechanic apprentices according to the German system. The course is based on the curriculum for apprenticeships in industrial engineering professions. As in Germany, there are both theoretical and practical phases.
The center is equipped with drilling, turning, milling and grinding machines, as well as 30 work benches. The technical college element is also held on Schuler’s premises. German instructors teach the apprentices in an audio-visual lecture theater and three classrooms. On completing their three-year course, the future skilled workers are awarded a certificate from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK). This is equivalent to the qualification received in Germany.
Schuler enlisted the support of one Spanish and five German companies for the project, who all train their staff at the facility. In addition to Allgaier the other companies are Gestamp, Luk, PWO, ThyssenKrupp Presta and ThyssenKrupp Materials. The partner companies bear the costs for all training provided by Schuler. In addition, they pay their young trainees both a salary and benefits. Schuler itself is currently training six young Mexicans. The center is being sponsored by the German government.
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