Local Community Development Activities
One of the main aims of UTM is to influence and change society through organisation of, and providing exposure to, various cultural and social events alongside the more traditional means of teaching and research.
Cultural and Social Development Management Structure
Main Role: To encourage economic and social development through social and cultural activities.
Means: Research carried out by university departments, training, undertaking special projects and supporting the Cultural and Social Development Team.
Estructura de la Coordinación de Promoción del Desarrollo
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The services of Development Promotion which this university carries out are based on:
These services are rendered through the office of Coordination of Development Promotion, which undertakes the responsibility of supervising the participation of the beneficiaries of these services, as well as making sure the commitments made by the University are kept.
The office of Coordination of Development Promotion, with the goal of carrying out organized, coherent, efficient, speedy and rigorously controlled procedures, has established the following protocol to solicit any given service:
The reference procedure includes an official file catalogued with a password for each case. The office of Coordination of Development Promotion maintains these files.
The main objective of the Cultural and Social Development Team is to reach out to all interested parties (rural communities, local producers, public institutions, social organisations and the departments that make up the Technological University of the Mixteca) and to provide solutions to local problems using the university’s resources. The Cultural and Social Development Team usually initiate contact with the communities that request help, and provide assistance according to a particular community’s needs. The Cultural and Social Development Team are composed of the following members:
The Main Activities of the Cultural and Social Development Team
Freshwater Fish Farming
In the Oaxacan Mixtec region, efforts have been made to promote freshwater fish farming, in particular Tilapia fish and freshwater crayfish, as an alternative to crop farming.
Existing water sources that were originally used for irrigating crop fields are now also starting to be used for freshwater fish farms, providing two sources of food and income for families.
As well as The Cultural and Social Development Team, UTM professors also offer their expertise in a variety of fields to help the surrounding communities.
Culture in Local Communities
With the aim of increasing local communities´ exposure to cultural activities, the various university cultural associations put on dance and musical events free of charge for the public, with the university covering all costs incurred.
Business Development Centre
The Mixtec word ‘jani’, which means ‘to dream’ and/or ‘to build’, was the name given to this organisation, as it helps people to turn their ideas and dreams of having a small business into reality.
The organisation hopes to work constructively with all stakeholders in a climate of mutual trust and cooperation in order to accomplish mutual goals.
The Jani Organisation for Small Businesses Development
Phase 1 The Beginning
Phase 2 Business Plan and Training
Phase 3 Further Development
Phase 4 Final Phase
Objectives for The Jani Organisation for Small Businesses
The Jani Organisation for Small Businesses has two main goals:
In order to support these two main goals, the organisation has clearly defined strategic aims:
“Las Huerta” Outdoor Education Centre
“Las Huerta”, an outdoor education centre, is set in a protected area near to San Marcos Arteaga and has been certified by the Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources. Visitors can enjoy the outstanding views, experience closeness to nature, walk the nature trails and swim in the natural springs, in an area perfect for families.
Kala’s Processed Foods
Kala’s Processed Foods is a small business producing, marketing and selling different types of sauce. The main ingredients for these sauces are various dry chillies (guajillo, pasilla and morita), peanuts, grasshoppers (a Oaxacan delicacy), maguey worms and more traditional ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt, water and preservatives.
A small business specialising in the production of candles and lampshades.
The Oaxaca System of State Universities
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