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ITESM is the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, also known as the "Tec de Monterrey", or simply "Tec". The name is translated into English as the "Monterrey Institute of Technology" (for this reason, some call it "the Mexican MIT").

It is the most important business school in Latin America, and is one of the most important Universities, and private schools, in Mexico.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Education Model
3 Campus Monterrey
4 Academia
5 Acreditations and Aknowledgments
6 World Wide Presence
7 Famous Graduates
8 External Links


The ITESM was founded in 1943 by a group of businessmen, headed by Don Eugenio Garza Sada, in Monterrey, Mexico. In 1945, the Institute adopts "The Ram" as mascot.

In 1947, the Campus Monterrey is inaugurated, while the first graduates are granted diplomas, in chemical engineering.

In 1954, the building for the library is inaugurated. In this building, the famous "Mural of the Tec" is carved. It represents the triumph of culture and work, taken from pre-Cortez mythology.

By 1960, the Institute has 4,458 students, coming from 19 countries in the continent, and every state of the country.

In 1963, the first Masters Degree in chemistry is granted. The Institute starts experimenting with computer science and tele-education.

In 1967, the Campus Guaymas is inaugurated, becoming the first Campus outside of the city of Monterrey.

In 1968, the first Ph.D. degree is granted, in chemistry with specialty in organic chemistry.

In 1973, two new campus are inagurated. One in Mexico City, and another in Obregon City.

In 1978, the Medicine School is founded, next to the San Jose Hospital, in Monterrey.

In 1980, the ITESM introduces in Mexico personal computers as a tool for learning.

In 1987, the ITESM gets hooked to Bitnet.

In 1989, a new Icon for the city of Monterrey is inaugurated at the Campus Monterrey: The Cetec.

In 1997, the Virtual University is founded.

In 1998, President Ernesto Zedillo honors the 2nd largest campus, ITESM-CEM (near Mexico City), with the "National Quality award."

In 2003, President Vicente Fox inaugurates in Monterrey the Center for Advanced International Learning (CIAP), at Campus Monterrey, and celebrates the 60th Aniversary of the Institute.

Education Model

The ITESM education model is called the "Redisigned Education Model", because it redisigns traditional didactic models around technology, and certain attitudes and values shaped around enterpreneurship, knowledge, culture, resoursability, and social conciuousness.

Part of the education redisign includes having certain courses being taken partly online or exclusively online. It also includes field work, including practices in the private initiative. Learning foreign languages is a must, specially English. Most courses are billingual and in 2003 the first course in French is being given.

Every five years, during a satellite broadcast to all campuses, the institute addresses the student, staff and administrative bodies and revisits its goals, evaluates its achievements and shortcommings, and sets the next goals with particular emphasis in the needs of an every day more globalized society.

Campus Monterrey

The Campus Monterrey is the site of the ITESM at Monterrey, Mexico. It includes 8 buildings with classrooms, a building for the library, 5 administrative buildings, 3 cafeterias, several habitation buildings for students, gymansiums, a theatre, and a World-Class stadium.

The buildings are separated by beautiful gardens, populated with over 20 species of birdas, and some european deer (which inhabit the gardens in front of Aulas 4).

The eight buildings with classrooms are referred to as Aulas builidings. They are:

The radio station's frequency of the campus is 94.9 FM, and though it is heard all over the city of Monterrey, it is produced exclusively by students. You can listen to it right here.

The 5 Administrative buildings include:

The 3 Cafeterias are: The Cafeterias serve meals for students. The food is nutritious and cheap. The quality of the food is controlled by the deparment of cafeterias, which is always innovating a way of making food taste better and be more nutritious.

The "Chilaquiles" deserve a special menctioning. They are a typical dish in Mexico, and consist of fried tortilla chips drowned in tomatoe sauce, with beans, chicken and cheese. However, they are prepared in a very particular way at the ITESM cafeterias, and are part of the "gastronomic culture" of the Campus.

The "Luis Elizondo Auditorium" is one of the biggest theatres in the city. It holds many cultural activities troughout the year, including student plays.

The Tec Stadium is home for the Tec's football team, the sometimes champions "Rams" or "Borregos". However, it must be said that the Mexican College Football League, the ONEFA, consists of only 10 teams, of which 5 represent a different campus of the ITESM. The strongest ITESM teams are Campus Monterrey (which are the ones who play in this stadium), Campus Mexico State and Campus Toluca. All of the ITESM teams are called "Borregos". It has been a long time since a non-Borrego team has been champion. The "Borregos" of Monterrey have a derby match when they play the "Tigers" of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL).

The Tec Stadium is home of the soccer team "Rayados", which have no affiliation to the University, but which rent the Stadium.

The Tec Stadium has been a venue for the 1986 Mexico FIFA World Cup, the highest competition in World-Wide Professional Soccer.


The ITESM has over 7,600 teachers, of which 99% hold a degree superior to the one they are teaching. Research is one of the priorities of the ITESM, and many important Mexican researchers find their home here. It is the only private Medical School in Mexico that owns a hospital for its students to practice.

Acreditations and Aknowledgments

The ITESM holds the following Aknowledgements and Acreditations:

World Wide Presence

The Institute has 33 campus nation-wide, and 19 receptor centers, which extend all over Mexico, with 9 of them being around the Americas and Europe.

It is considered one of the most important Universities in the world.

Famous Graduates

External Links