Educational innovations, awards, the return of face-to-face events, inaugurations, and further achievements are part of what Tec de Monterrey has accomplished, as an institution and as a community, in 2022.
Students, faculty, graduates, and staff joined forces to stand out in their areas of expertise.
“In 2022, we took steps to continue to increase our national and international impact. We’re grateful for all the lessons learned, as they allowed us to further promote our students and community,” said David Garza, Rector and Executive President of Tec de Monterrey.
CONECTA shares the most significant events that have taken place at Tecnológico de Monterrey this year with you.
Tec professors venture into the Metaverse
Tec de Monterrey gave its first entire class in the Metaverse during the 2022 winter term, using a tool known as Tec Virtual Campus.
This tool allows a Tec campus to be simulated in a virtual space where students can spend time together, do practical exercises, and take classes online.
Likewise, the Tec opened its doors during the Tec Virtual Campus Open Day with guided tours and a treasure hunt with the participation of 54 professors who knew this virtual space.
Some Tec classes also included virtual reality in their educational experiences, with trips to cities such as Athens and Pompeii.
First intercontinental class taught with holographic-effect professors
El Tec de Monterrey y la Universidad Tecnológica de Delft (TU Delft) de Países Bajos realizaron en septiembre la primera clase intercontinental usando la innovación educativa de la institución de proyecciones holográficas de profesores.
La clase se realizó en tiempo real con alumnos y profesores del Tec del campus Monterrey y campus Querétaro a la par de estudiantes y un profesor invitado de TU Delft.
El proyecto de proyección bidimensional con efecto de holograma fue iniciado por el Tec en 2018 y permite a los estudiantes ver, escuchar e interactuar en tiempo real con un profesor proyectado en tamaño real.
15 more international professors join the Faculty of Excellence
The Tec had the opportunity to bring together world-renowned leaders as part of its Faculty of Excellence initiative, to form part of the institution’s educational work.
This initiative aims to bring together 100 international professors to enhance the student learning experience and promote international collaboration, innovation, diversity, and multidisciplinary research.
These professors joined the 6 Tec de Monterrey schools: Business; Art, Architecture, and Design; Engineering and Sciences; Education and Humanities; Social Sciences and Government; and Medicine and Health Sciences.
Find out about the professors here.
4 campuses added to the Tec’s 11 VR Zones
Virtual reality reached four more Tecnológico de Monterrey campuses so that students can interact in an immersive and innovative learning ecosystem.
Forming part of the educational technologies in the Tec21 Educational Model, VR Zones were inaugurated on the Chihuahua, San Luis Potosí, Saltillo, and Toluca campuses in December, bringing the total number of VR Zones to 11.
The Tec21 Model is based on challenge-based learning with flexibility, inspiring professors, and a memorable student experience.
These spaces aim to offer students immersive experiences through simulations of real environments using avatars and resources in the virtual world.
International evaluation firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked Tec as the best university in Mexico and fourth in Latin America in the QS Latin America University Rankings for 2023.
QS ranked the Tec as 170th in the world and 6th place in Latin America in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
In the Top 5 for Entrepreneurship
The Princeton Review ranked the institution in fourth place in the Top Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship ranking, maintaining its ranking in the Top 10 of this list.
Leader in employability for Mexico
Likewise, it was ranked first place in Mexico and Latin America by the Global Employability University Ranking and Survey (GEURS), entering the Top 250 universities in the world, according to French consultancy firm Emerging.
Leader for climate action
The Tec was also recognized as the number 1 university in Latin America and Mexico for climate action and for its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking.
Inauguration of new research institutes
Institute for Obesity Research
Tec de Monterrey announced The Institute for Obesity Research, a new research institute to address solutions to the obesity problem in Mexico and Latin America.
Guillermo Torre, Rector of TecSalud and Vice President of Research at the Tec, explained that the institute will seek integrated solutions to generate knowledge, develop therapies and devices, set up science and technology companies, and support decision-making for healthier societies.
Institute of Advanced Materials for Sustainable Manufacturing
In addition to this effort, the Tec inaugurated the Institute of Advanced Materials for Sustainable Manufacturing, an initiative that aims to bring together efforts to create more sustainable materials and processes.
Some of the projects already being worked on by this initiative include industrial processes that will pollute less, reduction of environmental CO2, and developing materials that are not only biodegradable but also benefit the environment.
Institutional Awards and Recognitions
The 2022 Corporate Reputation Business Monitor (Merco) ranking recognized both Tec de Monterrey and its rector as one of the 100 companies and 100 leaders with the best reputation in Mexico for the seventh consecutive year.
Online Programs recognized
The Tec was awarded the 2022 Quality Matters Award: Making a Difference for Students for seeking high quality standards in its over 400 online courses and educational programs and contributing to improving digital learning in Latin America.
Quality Matters (QM), a leading global organization for quality assurance in online and innovative digital learning environments, awarded the Tec in the Outstanding Impact by a Non-U.S. Higher Education Organization category.
Emotional Intelligence Award
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence recognized PrepaTec, the Tec’s high school, with the Marvin Maurer Award for its implementation of the RULER model for managing emotions during the COVID-19 emergency.
Tec community Awards and Recognitions
Research Award for Young Scientists from the Mexican Academy of Sciences.
Daniel Jacobo Velázquez, a Tec de Monterrey Guadalajara professor, won the 2022 Research Award for Young Scientists in the area of Natural Sciences from the Mexican Academy of Sciences.
Established in 1961, this award is considered the greatest honor awarded by the Mexican Academy of Sciences to researchers under the age of 40 who carry out state-of-the-art research.
The professor was awarded this recognition for his research on the elucidation of molecular and physiological mechanisms that induce the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites in fruits and vegetables.
National Awards in Bionanotechnology
Drs. Mario Álvarez and Grissel Trujillo won the 2022 Innovation Award in Bionano: Science and Technology, from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) and the Neolpharma Pharmaceutical Group.
A microscopic image from the research group led by Dr. Álvarez and Dr. Trujillo was featured on the cover of the Advanced Healthcare Materials journal.
First place in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
The IKTAN Roving team, made up of students from the Cuernavaca campus, won first place in the Overall Winner and Ingenuity Award categories of the 2022 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.
They became the first Mexican team to win international first place in the university category of the U.S. space agency’s design competition.
The team of students from the School of Engineering and Sciences won these awards in the school’s tenth year of taking part.
Students from the Aguascalientes campus were finalists in the Shell Eco Marathon
Making a splash at fourth place in the world was the School of Engineering and Sciences from the Tec’s Aguascalientes campus with its electric car prototype in the Shell Eco-Marathon Brazil 2022.
The Shell Eco-Marathon is an automotive energy efficiency competition, considered the most important in the world by engineers.
This program brought together Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students from different countries with the aim of contributing to building more sustainable mobility.
Gold Medal for Chihuahua campus at International Genetically Engineered Machine
After nine months of work, the Chihuahua campus team was awarded gold at International Genetically Engineered Machine, iGEM 2022.
The students achieved gold thanks to their Agrocapsi project, a biofungicide aimed at protecting chili plants.
Organized by Harvard, iGEM is the most important synthetic biology competition in the world. The 2022 edition took place in Paris, France and over 45 countries and 350 projects took part.
What’s more, the team earned a special award nomination for inclusivity, for their work in education, dissemination, and communication of scientific results.
Tec teams at the FIRST Robotics World Championship
PrepaTec and Tecmilenio teams participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition, one of the most important youth robot competitions in the world, in which several Mexican teams stood out.
The 2022 Mexican delegation was finally represented in person by various teams after two years of the pandemic, with three from PrepaTec, three from Tecmilenio, and five from other schools.
PrepaTec San Luis team Lambot advanced to the quarterfinals as the group captain and leader, winning 5th place out of more than 70 teams from around the world in its division.
Also, Botbusters, the PrepaTec Eugenio Garza Sada team from Monterrey, was selected by another team to join their alliance in the quarterfinals.
Four years of La Triada and RECLA symposium
Tec de Monterrey, Colombia’s University of Los Andes (Uniandes), and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile celebrated four years of their La Tríada alliance.
With strategic projects and initiatives to help the development of Latin America, the alliance met in August this year on the anniversary of their union to evaluate their progress after 79 projects.
David Garza also participated in the 2022 International Symposium of the Continuing Education Network of Latin America and Europe (RECLA) along with other rectors from Ibero-American universities to discuss continuing education.
During the symposium, organized by Tec and the UANL, the academics analyzed the importance and impact of continuing education on work and society, as well as on current and future world challenges.
Membership of international boards
Tec de Monterrey was invited to join the board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
David Garza was also invited to join the board of trustees of this organization, which is in charge of accrediting undergraduate and graduate programs at universities and ensuring the quality of education of its members.
Likewise, the institution once again joined the board of directors of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), representing the Latin American region.
Represented by the institution’s rector and president, David Garza, the Tec was also invited to become a member of the Executive Committee of Universitas 21, a network of 28 world-leading universities.
Member of Global Initiatives: The Reach Alliance, Venture Café, and MIT REAP
The university remains a key member of The Reach Alliance, the University of Toronto’s global outreach program focused on student-led, multidisciplinary research.
This project aims to develop initiatives and social research to evaluate how to get resources to marginalized communities around the world.
In partnership with the Tec, the Venture Café of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) was officially launched in Monterrey with the aim of connecting the city’s entrepreneurial community.
Alongside the Tec, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) presented the MIT REAP Focus Mexico initiative, an entrepreneurship acceleration program in Mexico City, Querétaro, Chihuahua, Jalisco, and Guanajuato.
- Visit from President of MIT
Leo Rafael Reif Groisman, who has served as President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2012, visited Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey.
This visit served as a reminder of the close collaborative relationship between the institution and MIT, named the best university in the world by the QS World University ranking, to the benefit of their communities.
Return of face-to-face events
2022 International Book Fair
Tecnológico de Monterrey’s International Book Fair (FIL) returned to its face-to-face format after two years.
In its 30th year, the Monterrey FIL brought with it nearly 900 activities and the participation of around 550 authors and 600 publishing labels.
This version of the FIL integrated emerging technologies into the reading experience, through the presence of writers such as Isabel Allende via holographic projection.
INCmty Entrepreneurship Festival
Similarly, the tenth edition of the INCmty entrepreneurship festival, organized by the Tecnológico de Monterrey, was held in person, bringing together over 100 national and international speakers.
Trends and ideas were shared at the event during talks and panels, as well as startup presentations, networking opportunities, and competitions within the entrepreneurial community.
VibrArt 2022, the Tec’s national art and culture festival
This was the second edition of the festival that included national competitions for original song, dance, dramatic monologues (theater), literature, cinema, and visual arts, and was held in person.
After having won the regional finals, students participated from 25 Tec campuses throughout Mexico.
The festival was mainly held in Guadalajara, with some events taking place in Mexico City and Monterrey, from May 17 to 21.
Opening of the Mexico City campus
This year, the new Mexico City campus was opened, which has been operating throughout 2022.
Rashid Abella Yunes, Vice President of the Mexico City Region and General Director of the Mexico City campus, said that the campus has currently completed the first stage of the project.
In the future, the new campus is expected to include an EXATEC Center for Tec graduates, an administrative building, a Conference Center, a Welcome Center, a Wellness Center, and Punto Blanco, among other additions.
Likewise, students from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences on the Mexico City campus had the opportunity to apply their knowledge thanks to the inauguration of the Clinical Simulation Center.
Expedition Building and E2 Off-Grid
Phase 2 of DistritoTec commenced with the construction of Expedition, a building on the Monterrey campus that aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship by connecting local, national, and international experts.
José Antonio Fernández, Chairman of the Tec’s Board of Directors, explained that the creation of this space is part of the commitment made by the Tec in its (2025) Strategic Plan.
With construction of Expedition, the institution kicks off the next phase of DistritoTec and its transformation into an innovation district, which includes approximately 280,000 m2 of real estate development.
Similarly, the new E2 Off-Grid was created as the Tec’s new living laboratory in Monterrey, capable of transforming rainwater via a harvesting and collection system to make it safe for human consumption.
Second Sustainable Development Initiatives report
The Tec presented its second 2020-2021 Sustainable Development Initiatives report including 820 actions, projects, and programs with a social impact.
This document included initiatives from the Tec ecosystem that actively benefited vulnerable populations and/or minority groups, as well as social organizations, businesses, government, and the general population.
The document reported that more than 250,000 people had benefited and educational material was provided to one million users, more than 1,800 trees were planted, and more than 11 tons of garbage was collected, among other achievements.
Venue for the first Indigenous Knowledge Workshop organized by APRU
The Tec joined forces with the University of Melbourne to organize the 1st Indigenous Knowledge Workshop of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) to discuss language preservation, education, cultural diversity, and indigenous identity.
The event was held in Chiapas, at the Tec’s Social Innovation Center (CIS) and hosted by the institution’s Center for the Recognition of Human Dignity.
Representatives from Ecuador, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and Mexico met to discuss actions taken by their academic institutions for indigenous peoples.
Tec-UNAM and Tec-UANL consortia
Tecnológico de Monterrey and the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL) signed an agreement for research aimed at education, health, sustainability, and industry 4.0 challenges.
According to this agreement, both universities committed to collaborate on the UANL-TEC Consortium for Research, Technology Transfer, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.
Similarly, the Tec joined up with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the two highest ranked universities in Mexico, in an agreement to boost the country’s scientific and technological ecosystem.
As part of the UNAM - TEC Consortium for Research, Technology Transfer, and Entrepreneurship, the universities made a commitment to contribute a seed fund of 10 million pesos to promote initial projects.
Science and technology-based startups
Tecnológico de Monterrey and the SayaBio investment fund founded Forma Foods to produce meat by culturing animal muscle cells.
This new science and technology-based startup develops next-generation protein by rethinking meat processing to take it to the next level.
Currently, Forma Foods has started with a 100% plant prototype from which they can gradually migrate while increasing the number of cells until they reach a cultivated prototype.
Health and Wellbeing
Launching health agreements
- TecSalud Network
In order to create partnerships in private medical care, the institution started the TecSalud Network, a collaboration and advisory network for quality private hospitals.
- Houston Methodist Hospital Agreement
What’s more, directors from the Tec and the Houston Methodist Hospital signed the renewal of their agreement to expand and strengthen medical services and share best practices in areas such as quality metrics, medical services, and hospital operations.
To this end, the medical institutions will work together on developing lines of service in cardiology and neuroscience, guidelines for implementing education programs, and medical and administrative leadership training.
- FunSalud Agreement
TecSalud also collaborated with the Mexican Health Foundation (FUNSALUD) to promote greater transparency in hospitals, as well as develop public policy proposals and research in Mexico.
Inauguration of the first Primary Care Center
TecSalud opened its first medical center to attend minor illness consultations and provide laboratory and X-ray services.
The main goal of the new Primary Care Center is to provide primary care through preventive, family, and general medicine.
Guillermo Torre, Rector of TecSalud, explained that this center will focus on pre-hospital care with first-class medicine.
Support network for people with post-COVID-19 condition
The Tec launched a call to form a national support group for people who have had COVID-19 and have long-lasting symptoms of the so-called post-COVID-19 syndrome or long COVID.
This consists of a free forum for the public through which it aims to collect data that help find solutions to the ailments of patients with this condition.
- Borregos, ONEFA 2022 football champion
Borregos Monterrey was crowned ONEFA champion at the home of arch-rival Auténticos Tigres, by beating them 32-30 in overtime.
It was an intense game at the Gaspar Mass Stadium, in which both teams had the advantage at different times, ending in a 17-17 tie in real time thanks to a Borregos field goal.
In overtime, Borregos Monterrey was able to gain the advantage they needed thanks to their two-point conversion, which Auténticos later failed to convert.
Tec student invited to 2023 NFL Pro Bowl
Student Diana Flores, quarterback for the world champion Mexico Women’s National Flag Football team, will serve as offensive coordinator for the American Football Conference (AFC) team in the NFL 2023 Pro Bowl Games.
Flores, who plays for the Borregos Santa Fe team, is currently considered the best female player in the world, alongside legends such as Peyton Manning, the team’s head coach, and defensive coordinator Ray Lewis.
24-year-old Diana Flores also led the Mexican team this year to win the gold medal against the United States at The World Games 2022 in Alabama.
Borregos Monterrey, college basketball champions
Borregos Monterrey won their first Student Basketball Association League (ABE) championship by beating Los Gallos del CEU 74-63 in the “Eight Greats” final.
The game took place on Sunday, June 26, at the CEU gym, the hosts of the tournament, in a match where the Tec de Monterrey team was also able to overcome pressure from the local fans.
Borregos player Orlando Torrero gave an outstanding performance with 23 points and 19 rebounds, some of them offensive, which were key in the final minutes of the game, as well as 5 assists, to be named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
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