ITESM (Tecnológico de Monterrey), is an institution of higher learning based in Monterrey, Mexico, focusing primarily on the fields of science and technology. With its commitment to students, their families, their employees and the community, the university operates within the framework of their institutional mission: “forming leaders and entrepreneurs who are internationally competitive and who use their talents to benefit the communities in which they live and work.” As part of ITESM’s renewed commitment to strengthen their organizational culture, the university has defined five core values that undoubtedly support the cohesion, trust and team spirit at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. These five values include:
- Innovation. The university consistently generates ideas and makes them a reality by breaking down paradigms, taking risks and learning from their mistakes.
- Global perspective. Tecnológico de Monterrey realizes that we now live in a global culture and thus consistently strives to foster diversity in all of its programs.
- Teamwork. Tecnológico de Monterrey fosters collaboration among students and faculty and values collective success above that of individual success.
- Humanistic Outlook. ITESM respects the dignity of each person and cares deeply about their community.
- Integrity. Tecnológico de Monterrey always behaves in an ethical manner, stressing the values of honesty, austerity and congruity.
The Code of Ethics at Tecnológico de Monterrey is based on the school’s purpose, and its foundation lies in these institutional values, specifically ethics, citizenship and integrity.
ITESM: Purpose and Vision and Accomplishments
Purpose For over seven decades now, ITESM has been transforming the lives of thousands of people who, in turn, are transforming their respective organizations and collaborating with their communities and their country. The university educates agents of change who are more than willing to be increasingly competitive for the benefit of all—more willing to be than to have, to serve than to possess.
At ITESM the faculty and staff aim to educate, transform and serve their students—individuals who live in an increasingly complex, turbulent and challenging world; people who will use technologies that have not yet been invented, solve problems that have not yet been detected and lead companies that have not yet been created.
In order to respond to this challenge, the university’s task is to develop the skills and aptitudes necessary to foster creative and critical thinking in their students. Thus, ITESM’s commitment is to continue to evolve, creating disruptive models, guided by innovation, to design the future and continue to transform lives.
The Tecnológico de Monterrey envisions an extraordinary future, largely because they have a magnificent “present,” built on a successful past. Meanwhile, on the basis of this present, they have decided to transform themselves in order to transcend further than ever imagined.
The university realizes fully that the exponential interconnectivity of societies produces constant transformation processes in order to continue to evolve. It also recognizes that education is not the exception and is still being impacted significantly and positively by this new era in which change is the only constant.
Today, the traditional way of receiving knowledge has become obsolete; zero-cost universities are emerging and the main universities in the world, despite their great strengths, are also in the process of reinvention.
All of this represents a major opportunity for ITESM to be relevant in a globalized world; to focus on responding efficiently and appropriately to the diverse audiences they serve: students, adults, organizations and patients, so they can transcend in their fields of action, become the leaders of today’s world and creators of a future that is yet to be invented. Because of this, in 2012 the Tecnológico de Monterrey initiated a transformation model to define a new vision and establish the differentiators that will lead to its fulfillment.
As stated on its website, the vision of ITESM is:
“To educate leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, committed to ethics and citizenship, and who are internationally competitive.”
This vision is the spirit that now guides the university in everything it does; a university that has defined the values that govern their actions and shares a Code of Ethics that commits them to being better.
The university is focused on being a leader in entrepreneurship, ethics and citizenship, as they aspire to become one of the top 100 universities in the world and the best in Latin America.
Today, ITESM is ranked 2nd in employer reputation in Latin America and 85th worldwide. In 2013, they became the first university in Latin America to acquire a QS 5-Star rating, positioning them among the 38 universities worldwide with this distinction, according to the British ranking agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which also ranks ITESM 7th in Latin America and 279th on a global level out of two thousand universities evaluated. Internationally, the university has moved up 100 places in just two years.
Despite these notable accomplishments, ITESM recognizes that there is still much to be done and that they must greatly enhance their research work and academics, which today have achieved international renown.
ITESM: Characteristics of Their Education Model
Tecnológico de Monterrey’s education model is the sum of all structured elements through which it accomplishes its objectives for student development. Here one will find the integration of all of the proposals put forth by the institutional mission and the values it promotes. It also includes the pedagogical practices that are put into operation as well as the mechanisms and resources that support it.
Simultaneous to a high level of scientific and technological development offered to students, the education model seeks to prepare students for life in general. Through the means of a holistic education that is geared towards fulfilling human potential and promoting humanistic formation and citizenship, this model supports the development of social commitment and community responsibility, while offering a vast gamut of experiences in internationalization and co-curricular activities.
Below is a list outlining some of the prime characteristics of the educational model employed by the Tecnológico de Monterrey:
The environment at Tecnológico de Monterrey is designed to offer students multiple opportunities to actively participate in professional and personal development endeavors. Within this context, students may discover, process and apply their acquired knowledge in a relevant and significant way both within and outside the classroom.
Through the institutional use of several didactic techniques, such as Problem Based Learning, Project Oriented Learning, Collaborative Learning, Service Learning, Case Method and Research-Based Learning among others, students become involved in a planned and programmed manner in the construction of their own knowledge. Students then develop the foreseen competencies contained in the graduate profile and the institutional mission.
An important objective of the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s learning model is that students develop abilities that allow them to continue learning throughout their lives. Because of this, throughout their academic course work they will be systematically facing challenging educational situations that require high yielding academic results. They will also be asked to confront a heavy workload that contains motivational elements that foster within them a capacity to administer their learning by establishing goals and reflecting on the accomplishments they attain. Through this process, students can constantly rely on the orientation and support of the ITESM faculty, as well as on the physical, technological and human resources that the institution offers.
As actions linked to professional development, Tecnológico de Monterrey integrates a diversity of strategies based on transversal education and co-curricular activities. The objective is to promote within the student body some reflection on the issues within their own social, economic, political and ecological environment. Their perspective must encompass both social and professional spheres.
Because of this, within student development there is a strong emphasis on participation in community intervention projects as well as in programs for Entrepreneurial internationalization and cultural development options. Application of knowledge and innovation to improve competitiveness in business relies on the attendance and organization of workers as well as in the promotion and organization of cultural and sport activities. This is encouraged strongly in student life at ITESM.
By promoting participation in these types of activities, students are encouraged to assume a series of values such as cultural appreciation, self-confidence, concern and committed responsibility to health issues as well as communication and leadership abilities.
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