PROGRAM SCHEDULE
The latest preliminary program can be downloaded or viewed here. Please visit our website regularly for future updates.

PROGRAM
This is a preliminary meeting program which will be updated regularly. Please revisit for updates.

Address:
Monterrey Campus: Av. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501 Sur, Tecnológico, 64849 Monterrey, N.L.
EGADE Business School: Eugenio Garza Lagüera y Rufino Tamayo, Valle Oriente, San Pedro Garza García, 66269, N.L.
MEXICO INFORMATION
Mexican culture is influenced by pre-Columbian roots, the Spanish conques as well as the post-colonial period. That's why it is important and interesting to know about the history of Mexico in order to understand better the cultural differences. The first settlement in Mexico dates back about 20.000 years. The oldest culture is the Olmec, which represents the origin of all other indigenous cultures. Around the year 0 there began to develop more complex cultures, from which emerged the Mayans and Aztecs. Even today, many customs and celebrations are attributed to the traditions of those times. In 1519 Hernán Cortés came to Mexico and traveled from Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan located in nowadays Mexico City.

At first, the Aztecs believed, because of their traditions, that the Spanish were Gods. Therefore, initially they offered little resistance, but made valuable gifts. When the Aztecs realized it was a confusion and that the Spanish were not Gods, they began to rebel and fight against them. After many battles in which the Spanish almost had to give up, they managed to win at the end of a long siege of the capital Tenochtitlan in 1521. In 1535 Mexico officially joined the Spanish crown and was named Viceroyalty of New Spain. In 1810 began the struggle for independence from the Spanish, led by Miguel Hidalgo. Conservatives and liberals allied because of the common belief that Mexico had to go its own way. In 1821, after 11 years of struggle, finally was signed the Treaty of Cordoba, in which the independence of Mexico was sealed.

Mexican culture is influenced by pre-colony structures, the colonial era and the social conflicts in the early 20th century. The following points will give you an idea of the characteristics of Mexican culture. Mexicans have strong national pride. The cultural celebrations are important and people are proud of their country, culture and traditions. Usually, there are no prejudices against foreigners in Mexico. On the contrary, Mexicans show great interest in foreign people, their culture and traditions. This openness is also reflected in invitations and phrases like "Mi casa es tú casa (My home is your home)." As a foreigner, you will often be asked whether you like Mexico. In this case, we suggest emphasizing on aspects of the country you like, in order to not hurt the national pride. Mexicans are very friendly. Verbal and non-verbal politeness is very important. Before coming to the main point, you ask about the well-being, family or the upcoming holidays. If you do not start a conversation with this kind of small talk, it can be considered rude. So, going directly to the main point should be avoided, because you can make an impolite impression.

MONTERREY INFORMATION
General information
Monterrey is a Mexican city, it is the capital and most populated city of the State of Nuevo Leon.

Monterrey is one of the most developed cities in Mexico, and it has a great culture and history, not to mention that it is also a very important business, industrial and economic center. It was named one of the 10 happiest cities in the world, just behind Madison, Wisconsin. It is the city with the best quality of life in Mexico, the seventh in Latin America and 109 in the world according to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting study in 2015.

Monterrey is located in northeastern Mexico, in the Sierra Madre Oriental. Monterrey was founded in 1596 by Diego de Montemayor. In the years following the Mexican War of Independence, Monterrey became an important business center and with the establishment of the Monterrey Fundidora, the city experienced a great industrial growth.

This city is known as La Sultana del Norte, as well as The Industrial Capital of Mexico and as The City of Mountains by the amount of diverse rock formations that surround it. Monterrey is abbreviated as MTY.

In addition, Monterrey is also one of the most visited cities by international artists. It has many musical and cultural events for all kinds of tastes.

Climate
According to the Köppen Climate Classification, the Monterrey climate is subtropical humid type Cfa (temperate subhumid) and is considered as extreme. Winters are moderately cold and summers very hot.

The climate in September in Monterrey is wet (with 169mm of rainfall over 15 days). The weather's not getting better compared to the previous month since in august there is an average of 55mm of rainfall over 8 days.

The climate quite pleasant in that locality this month. The thermometer averaged maximum of 31°C. In the morning the temperature drops to 22°C. Thus, the mean temperature average on this month of September in Monterrey is 26°C. Note that seasonal normals are in contrast with those observed in Monterrey in September with a maximum record of 37°C in 2011 and a minimum record of 12°C in 2010. You can expect to have about 18 days with temperatures over 30°C, or 60 of the month.

TECNOLOGICO DE MONTERREY, MONTERREY CAMPUS
The Monterrey Institute of Higher Education and Technology (ITESM), popularly known as Tecnológico de Monterrey, Tec de Monterrey or Tec, is a private university headquartered in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

It is one of the universities with the highest academic recognition in Latin America, one of the most reputed by employers in Latin America and one of the best 100 in the world, having a more active and characteristic presence in the areas of business and innovation to technology by engineering.

Services
There are currently two campus cafeterias: Centrales and Jubileo that offers a daily breakfast and lunch menu. Furthermore, you can get tacos, gorditas, snacks and more. Additionally, there are food stalls in the main building where they sell fresh salads, sandwiches, juices and coffee (Starbucks). There are also two more cafeterias being built.

On the campus, there is also a nursing in Centrales, with two doctors on a schedule from 8:30 to 18 hrs. If you suffer from any ailment, you can go there to get a free examination and even some medicine, for example for a headache.

There is also Centro Estudiantil, where many events take place. You can also find the Salon de la Fama and Sala de las Reinas. In the basement you can also find Jubileo, an Oxxo store and the Gym.

Across the street you can find CDT (tennis court, basket ball court, etc.) and Auditorio Luis Elizondo, where many events take place.

WiFi
Open WiFi on campus. Campus wireless networks are like any other public wifi network.

Local transportation
The most efficient form of transportation in Monterrey are taxis, you can take the taxi at hotel, please do not take taxis from the street. The average cost of travel throughout the city is 100 to 200 pesos, which is a reasonable cost.

Transportation between the hotel and meeting locations will be arranged by Tecnológico de Monterrey.

KEY DATES
You should arrive at Monterrey International Airport (MTY)

Arrival to Monterrey Airport: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Departure from Monterrey Airport: Friday, September 22, 2017 (afternoon)

TRAVEL INFORMATION
VISA REQUIREMENTS. If you require a VISA to enter MEXICO we will provide you an invitation letter if needed. Please write to Ms. Osiris Medina to osiris.medina@itesm.mx

VISA Information   Here 

Local currency and exchange rate
The local currency is Mexican Peso which you can buy at airports at a reasonable exchange rate. Banks and exchange bureaus are common and well known all around the city. The same is true for ATM’s which can even be found in campus.

All major credits cards are accepted in restaurants and other commercial establishments.
Taxis only accept CASH (preferably Mexican Pesos).
Euro, Yuan, Won or Yen are not common neither accepted as commercial currency therefore we advise you to buy Mexican Pesos.

Tips and tipping in Mexico
Most people helping you to move around will expect a tip: taxi drivers, valet, waiters, etc. For help on movements, getting a taxi or activities of the sort, usually a 2 USD tip is enough. If you received an excellent or especial help you could tip more.
Tips on restaurants are usually 10% from the check for a good, standard service. A 15% tip is expected if service was above standard.
Tips for services at the hotel are already included in the room’s fee per night per room so there is no need for extra tip unless you consider the service an outstanding one.

Transportation
We will not provide tranportation to-from hotel and airport. We give the following options:

1) As soon as you arrive you can take a taxi. Not reservation required. You will find different taxi stands on your way from the arrival gate.
2) Taxi Suburban:
E-mail: reservaciones@suburban.com.mx
Website: http://www.suburban.com.mx/

























Grand Fiesta Americana Monterrey Valle - Hotel
Located at the Valley of Monterrey, Grand Fiesta Americana Resort offers an incredible experience that combines elegance and luxury with the requirements for business and executive meetings and events. Services include Gym, Business Center 24/7, Executive Meeting Rooms and Laundry.

Hotel rate per night in Mexican Pesos is $2,829.00 MXN; the approximate rate in USD is $157.55 USD that might change depending on the rate exchange the day of checking in.
*Acomodation include: taxes, single-room occupancy, and buffet breakfast.
The hotel booking is through this page and your details are needed on the registration form; you can book until August 15, 2017.

More Information   Here 

Address:
Av Lázaro Cárdenas 2424B, Zona Loma Larga Oriente, 66260 San Pedro Garza García, N.L.
Website: http://www.grandfiestamericana.com/en/home


























Biography of José Manuel Páez Borrallo
Jose Manuel is currently the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Director for Internationalization, before that, Prof. Páez was the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) Director for North America, also, has been President’s Delegate at RCC in Harvard University (2014-2016), Vice President for International Relations of the University (2004-2014), Dean of the Telecom Engineering School (2002-2004) and Vice-Dean for PhD studies (1998-2002). He also occupied several positions in international universities, as Invited professor at Universidade de Sao Paulo, Visiting Senior Researcher at International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and Berkeley Wireless Research Centre (BWRC), both institutions linked to University of California at Berkeley (USA). After working in the private sector in Germany, besides having created and supported several startups, he has dedicated his professional career to foster internationalization in education and research. He negotiated and promoted the creation of the permanent delegations of UPM abroad: China, USA, Brazil; is Founder, President & Honorary President of Magalhães Network.












Biography of Pedro Nájera
Pedro Nájera was a student at Tecnológico de Monterrey in campus Morelos from 1988 to 1992, acquiring a bachelor degree in electronic systems and graduated with honors. After that, he would go on to get his masters at the same school, this time on computer sciences in 1993, and he graduated with honors once again in 1995.

Pedro has a variety of skills that later on helped him to achieve labor success. He is proactive and a good time player. Not to mention that he has a wide knowledge in: programming languages (C++, AHDL); software (Matlab, Autocad); operating systems (DOS, OS9); development tools (PLDs, Intel microprocessors). And that is just to mention a few. Besides all that, Pedro can speak three languages: Spanish (native language), English (advanced level) and German (basic communication).

Pedro’s labor history started at the Institute of Electric Investigations where he had to collect and register the algorithms of the digital control at the thermoelectric central regarding combination cycles in Gómez Palacio, Durango. In 1996 he started to work for Temic Telefunken at Ingolstadt, Germany, where he developed as the Senior Test Engineer in charge of the resistor alignment station at an airbag production line. After six months of working in Germany he returned to Mexico, but he kept working for Temic, at Telefunken Microelectronics in Cuautla, where he was the Senior Test Engineer in charge of the building, setup and optimization of test equipment regarding ABS brakes.

In august 1998 he decided to go back to Tecnológico de Monterrey, this time to Campus Cuernavaca as an assistant professor in the electronics department, in charge of the Real Time Systems Lab. In 2001 he became the dean of academic programs of electronics and mechatronics at the same campus, and by 2006 he was in charge of Academic Links of the department of Engineering and sciences. After a year, he became the principal of the Science department at high school level. And from 2010 up to date he is Professor of Electronics and Mechatronics at campus Cuernavaca.

Above all that, Pedro is interested in teaching and researching in the fields of electronics and mechatronics, technological entrepreneurship, and poetry.

And from 2010 up to date he is Professor of Electronic and Mechatronics at campus Cuernavaca. Pedro has selected as the MOST INSPIRING PROFESSOR at Cuernavaca campus in 2016.

CONTACT INFORMATION
For local information, please contact:

Ms Osiris Medina
Public Relations and International Protocol
Ave. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501 Sur Col. Tecnológico
C.P. 64849 Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tel : +52 (81) 8358-2000 x 2950
Email : osiris.medina@itesm.mx
Website: http://www.itesm.mx/

Ms Adriana Rojas
International Development and Protocol
Ave. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501 Sur Col. Tecnológico
C.P. 64849 Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tel : +52 (777) 362 0800 x 1894
Email : adriana.rojas@itesm.mx
Website: http://www.itesm.mx/

For information on the meeting program, please contact:

Ms Elaine Hung
Project Manager (Events & Relations)
APRU International Secretariat
E-mail: elaine.hung@apru.org
Website: http://www.apru.org

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