In the state of Oaxaca, in the heart of Mexico, various public universities follow the same model but are different from traditional universities. Together, these universities form SUNEO, the Sistema de Universidaded Estatales de Oaxaca (the Oaxaca System of State Universities). The Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca (UTM) is part of this system.
UTM was created to be a cultural instrument of social change, rooted in the traditional functions of classic universities:
UTM is located in the city of Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca.
The Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca (UTM) began operations in February of 1990, though it was formally inaugurated on February 22, 1991 in the presence of the president of Mexico, the president of Costa Rica, the governor of Oaxaca, and the secretary of public education.
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The goal of UTM is to support a complete economic transformation of the Mixtec region, of Oaxaca, and of the country, by preparing graduates to work toward economic development. UTM’s location gives young people the opportunity to study without leaving their home state.
UTM devotes itself to teaching, research, cultural diffusion, and development. By fulfilling its role on a modern campus, UTM aspires to academic excellence through a rigorous program of studies with a full-time faculty and student body.
In the area of Education, the University focuses on the fields of technology and business with the goal of offering degrees that correspond to the needs of the modern economy. Degree completion takes five years, not including a preliminary course. Additionally, students participate in complementary cultural, educational and recreational activities.
In 1990, the university began with two degree programs, Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering, adding Design Engineering and Agroindustrial Engineering later that year. The university suspended the latter degree because of lack of demand.
UTM began with forty-eight enrolled students and five professors, growing quickly with the introduction of new degree programs. Today, the University has 1,204 students and 149 professors, of whom seventy percent have completed postgraduate degrees.
In 1994, with the goal of promoting economic development in the region, a Business Science degree program was created.
That same year, with the goal of creating highly specialized courses in science and technology, the postgraduate division was created, offering master- and doctoral-level degrees in Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering.
In 1996, continuing toward the goal of educating quality graduates to contribute to regional, state, and national development, the university added degrees in Food Engineering and Applied Mathematics.
In 1997, in an effort to make quality education more accessible regardless of locale, UTM availed itself of new information technologies to create the Virtual University. In 1998, it launched a master in Computer Engineering, with a specialty in distribution systems.
In 2000, an Industrial Engineering degree program was added. This is a vital field for addressing technological and global challenges.
In 2001, UTM began offering a Mexican Studies degree via the Virtual University to offer Spanish-speakers – in particular, the Mexican Diaspora – the opportunity to increase cultural awareness and to better compete in the job market. That same year, the postgraduate division began offering a master degree in Software Engineering.
In 2005, the University added an MBA program, rooted in sound theory with a focus on practical, real-world applications. The program strives to offer business professionals the tools necessary to get ahead in the business world and become administrative leaders.
In the area of Research, various institutes’ principal responsibility is to provide teams, office hours, teach classes, and develop courses, among other activities that support the development of the Mixtec Region. All professors, in addition to their teaching responsibilities, carry out research in accordance with their specialty and with attention to social needs.
In 1990, two institutes emerged from this perspective: the Hydrology Institute, whose purpose is to study problems related to water shortages, with a focus on the Mixtec Region and Mexico in general, providing concrete solutions to these problems; and the Agroindustrial Institute, which develops projects to utilize agricultural resources and offers them to the economic sectors.
1992 saw the genesis of the Mining Institute, which calls attention to geologic and mining resources in the region.
In 1993, the Institute of Electronic and Computational Engineering was formed, and through this Institute, an internal computer network was installed in 1994.
That same year, the Design Institute was created for graphic, industrial and spatial design. The Design Institute’s activities range from the creation of plans and the overseeing of the construction of new buildings at UTM, to research-and-development consultation for businesses in the design of logos and packaging.
In 1994, the UTM welcomed the Social Science and Humanities Center, which carries out socioeconomic and humanistic research, as well as research related to the Business Science degree program.
In 1996, the Physics and Mathematics Center and the Language Center were formed. The former became a research institute in 2002.
In the area of Cultural Promotion, the University has hosted a growing number of events such as exhibitions, plays, concerts, round tables, academic and cultural meetings, conferences, and seminars, which distinguished speakers from Mexico and abroad have attended.
In 1993, UTM opened a bookstore in downtown Huajuapan de León with the approval of municipal authorities in efforts to fulfill a clear cultural need. That same year the publication of Quantum magazine began. In 1997, the magazine changed its name to TEMAS (Themes) of Science and Technology, published three times yearly.
In 1995, the University began Christmas season celebrations, in an effort to foster community among university faculty, students, and the community of Huajuapan.
In 1996, the international seminar of AMEI History and Perspective on International Relations in Mexico and Latin America, the national seminar Training in Human Resources, and a meeting of the Association of Architects and Engineers of the Mixteca took place at UTM.
In 1997, the Third National Meeting of the Electronics and Computer Industry was held, which included a workshop entitled "Geographical Aspects of the Mixteca".
In 1998, UTM welcomed a working meeting of the Benito Juárez Research System (SIBEJ) and an international course on soil science.
In 1999, the fifth general planning meeting for SIBEJ and a meeting for Mining Development for the Mixtec Region were held at the University.
In 2000, the University hosted the first Food Engineering Week: Fighting hunger to reduce poverty.
In 2001, the first Mixtec Culture Week was held to promote awareness of Mixtec culture.
That same year, the First National Meeting for Business Science took place to facilitate reflection on and analysis of the challenges facing Mexican businesses as an inevitable outcome of globalization.
In 2002, the Fourth National Meeting of the Electronics and Computer Industry and the second annual Week of Mixtec Culture took place, as well as activities , for World Food Day, Water: The Source of Food Security.
That same year, the Second Annual Meeting of Business Science convened to explore the business landscape and to propose alternative forms of development in the new millennium. Additionally, the UTM hosted a Seminar on the Mixtec Language.
In the area of Development, the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca plays an active role in promoting the establishment of new businesses.
UTM offers training courses to teachers of the post-high school level and to municipal staff. Additionally, the University holds computer courses for teachers and primary school students.
Community support activities include locating water sources, reforestation, soil conservation, crop improvement, disease control, and business development.
Given the economic and social challenges of the Mixtec Region, the University organizes support teams to provide aid to the more fragile communities.
UTM maintains relationships with various national and international institutions, both for academic reasons, which call for an openness to the rest of society, and for economic motives.
This model allows the University to effectively utilize resources, requiring disciplined work from faculty and students, and minimizing the amount of administration. The presence of such an institute of higher education can be a driving force for social and economic develop.
The University Model
The Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca is a public institution that operates independently of the Oaxacan state government. UTM was founded by an executive state decree, which was published in a state newspaper on June 18, 1990. The University strives to offer opportunities for scientific and technological training for those pursuing higher education, reduce the emigration of Oaxacan youth, promote programs that stimulate the economy and create jobs, and to open cultural spaces that extend the benefits of knowledge to the larger population.
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Servir como instrumento para transformar la sociedad, formando profesionistas de alta calidad, realizando investigaciones que permitan la mejor explotación de los valores de nuestra sociedad y fomentando el desarrollo económico y social de Oaxaca y México.
Mantener y reforzar el liderazgo de la Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca en el ámbito académico de la enseñanza y la investigación para que siga siendo motor de transformación.
UTM exemplifies a new model for universities. Its fundamental principles are grounded in academic quality for development of teaching, research, cultural promotion and development abilities. According to this model, undergraduate and graduate studies are full-time for both professors and students, who interact in diverse academic activities such as theoretical courses, field and laboratory work, and activities in computer labs, the library, and language center.
University policy guarantees top-quality facilities for the academic development of students and teachers. UTM has large, modern classrooms, completely equipped for the professional and research activities carried out there.
Undergraduate and graduate study plans balance theoretical and practical study, and students have access to specialized workshops, including spaces to work with plastics, wood and metal; machines, food processing, electronics, and ceramics and printing. Additional laboratories serve the disciplines of physics, chemistry and telecommunications, and self-access labs are available for language study.
An extensive scholarship program supports the students’ studies. The University grants full or partial scholarships according to each student´s academic achievement and economic circumstances. More than ninety percent of currently enrolled students receive support from this program; thus, no student lacks the opportunity to study because of economic reasons.
The University Structure
The University is funded by the state government and the Public Education Secretary. The University’s own income, including donations and fees for services, provides additional funding.
The Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca opened in July of 1990. The 104-hectare campus comprises approximately 60 buildings.
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Policies of the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca include the following:
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Awards and Recognition
The quality of education at the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca is reflected in the awards and recognition that its students have received.
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