Tecnológico de Monterrey
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Tecnológico de Monterrey (also known as Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, or the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Tec de Monterrey , or ITESM) is one of the largest private, nonsectarian and coeducational multi-campus universities in Latin America with over 91,000 students at the high school, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels.
It was founded in 1943 due to the vision of Eugenio Garza Sada and a group of businessmen who formed a non-profit association called Enseñanza e Investigación Superior, A. C. The Tecnológico de Monterrey is a private, non-profit institution which is independent and not related to any political party or religious group.
The work of the Tecnológico de Monterrey and of all of its campuses is supported by civil associations made up of a large group of outstanding leaders from all parts of the country, who are committed to quality in higher education.
Each year, the trustees of these civil associations meet in order to establish the goals which will guide the important decisions needed for the Tecnológico de Monterrey to achieve its mission of becoming a motor for the development of local communities and the country.
The Tecnológico de Monterrey enjoys the support of the national community which participates in the raffles which the Tecnológico de Monterrey organizes in order to expand the scholarship program and investment in infrastructure. In order to function as an educational institution, the Tecnológico de Monterrey operates under the statute of a Free University.
Its web site is http://www.itesm.edu.
Multi-campus university system
The Tecnológico de Monterrey is currently a multi-campus university system with academic centres in different regions of Mexico.
The prestige that the Tecnológico de Monterrey has enjoyed since its beginnings, not only for its academic level but also for the culture of entrepreneurship, hard work, efficiency and responsibility it promotes in its students, has motivated its graduates from different regions of the country to promote the formation of campuses of the Tecnológico de Monterrey in their native cities.
This has permitted the Tecnológico de Monterrey to perceive the different needs of each region and to educate professionals capable of solving them, without taking them out of their native environment; in addition, since it is a national system, it has accepted its responsibility to respond to the important challenges facing the country.
Some of the graduates of the Tecnológico de Monterrey are directors of successful companies in Mexico and Latin America; on the other hand, there are more and more graduates in important positions in the government and public administration.
The Virtual University of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, which has been in operation since 1989, has consolidated itself as a pioneering institution in distance education on the American continent.
By means of learning networks and advanced information technologies, the Virtual University offers graduate academic programs; continuing education programs for directors of Mexican and Latin American companies, as well as government and non-governmental organizations; programs for elementary and secondary school teachers; and programs for the development of marginalized communities. Actually it offers a fully online Masters in Educational Technology, originally developed in partnership with UBC (Canada)as well as nearly all its graduate programs fully online, and undergraduate programs in a blended learning mode.
The enrolment statistics sais that 27% of the students are taking courses in the area of virtual university, and 60% of these are studying professional courses.
Thanks to be the pionnering insituttion in distance education they have effect experience in this field, they are using eg, Satellites to broadcast some subjects or courses, to attend this, the students can go to one of several receptor places of the university over the world (they have more than 1035), and ask questions directly to the teacher through Videoconferencing, ICQ, One Touch, telephone or fax.
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The lack of a Spanish speaker in the consortium may be a barrier.
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