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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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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.

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:

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 

Av Lázaro Cárdenas 2424B, Zona Loma Larga Oriente, 66260 San Pedro Garza García, N.L.

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.

Biography of Inés Sáenz
Dean of the School of Humanities and Education

She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) and is a professor of contemporary Latin American literature. She is currently Dean of the Graduate School in Education, Humanities and Social Science of Tecnológico de Monterrey. Throughout her career, she has contributed to the design of graduate academic programs, such as the Master of Humanistic Studies and the Doctorate in Humanistic Studies. She has also directed Humanities programs, such as the Alfonso Reyes Chair, and designed and implemented Humanistic and Citizenship Education as part of the undergraduate curriculum for Tecnológico de Monterrey students. As a researcher, she has participated in the CRAL (Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage) of the Paris Échecs, in two research seminars during 2009-2011: “Narratologías contemporáneas” and “Por una epistemología de lo literario”. As a member of the Ethics and Culture of Peace Research Group for human rights matters, her research has focused on the role played by artistic and literary imagination in peace processes. She regularly contributes to the newspaper Milenio.

Biography of Jaime Bonilla Ríos, Ph. D
Dr. Jaime Bonilla Rios has developed a successful academic and administrative career at Tecnologico de Monterrey. Currently, Dr. Bonilla is the Associated Dean for Internationalization and for Continuing Education and Integral Solutions of the National School of Engineering and Sciences.

Dr. Bonilla served as the National Director for Academic Experience and Industry Liaison Program within the Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs (2015-2017). Dean of the School of Engineering and Information Technologies at Campus Monterrey (2009-2015); National Director for the Alumni Relations Office and the Life and Career Centers (2004-2009). Among other positions in Tecnologico de Monterrey, Dr. Bonilla has been a Director of Research and Continuing Studies (2001-2004) and Director for the Chemistry Program in Campus Monterrey (1998-2001). He conducts research at the Center for Innovation in Design and Technology and has been a Visiting Professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He was the president of the Latin American Global Engineering Deans Council (2012-2014) and the President for the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (2015). Currently he is member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Dr. Bonilla has also worked as consultant for major companies and institutions in Mexico and the United States such as Hylsamex, Nemak, Vitro, Alkali Industries, Manufacturing and Industrial Processes, CYDSA, TOTAL Petrochemicals USA.

As teacher and researcher, Dr. Bonilla has focused on the generation of knowledge in their specialty area, he has worked in collaboration with other researchers and has been advising master and doctoral theses. Dr. Bonilla is part of the Mexican National Research System Level 1 (SNI 1).

Dr. Jaime Bonilla Rios has a B.S. in Chemistry, from ITESM, Campus Monterrey. A Master in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering with emphasis on Polymer Rheology, from the Texas A & M University.

Biography of Pablo Beneitone
He is the Director of the Tuning Academy at the University of Deusto since 2013 and he has a large experience running several international projects (Erasmus +, ALFA, TEMPUS, Erasmus Mundus). He has been working in Tuning process since 2001. In relation to Latin America, he was project manager of Tuning Latin America since 2004 and coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Lot 18 ARBOPEUE. He was Advisor of Mercosur in the design of a Mobility Programme for the region in 2010-2013.

Fields of expertise in (inter)national higher education:
• Educational Policy
• International Education
• Tuning Process
• Curriculum Development
• Student Workload and credits

Selection of publication in the field of International Education:
- Global generic competences with local ownership: a comparative study from the perspective of graduates in four world regions. In Tuning Journal for Higher Education (TJHE), Issue Nº2, June 2014.
- Tuning and Harmonization of Higher Education: The African Experience. Co- editor with Charles Awono Onana, Olusola Oyewole, Damtew Teferra, Julia González y Robert Wagenaar. Universidad de Deusto. Febrero 2014. (Edited in English and French).
- Meta-perfiles y Perfiles. Una nueva aproximación para las titulaciones en América Latina. Co- editor with Julia Gonzálezand Robert Wagenaar. Universidad de Deusto. January 2014. (Edited in English, Portuguese and Spanish).
- Towards Comparability of Higher Education Programmes. Information Review. Co- editor with Artur Demchuk, Ivan Dyukarev, Evgeniya Karavaeva, Julia González y Robert Wagenaar. Universidad de Deusto. December 2013. (Edited in English and Russian).
- Student Workload and Degree Profiles: the experience of CLAR credit in Latin America. In Tuning Journal for Higher Education (TJHE), Issue Nº1, November 2013.
- Proyecto Tuning América Latina: innovación educativa y social. In Revista Argentina de Educación Superior – Volumen 4. RAES ISSN 1852-8171 June 2012.
- Sistemas de Reconocimiento y Acreditación de Estudios en la Movilidad de Estudiantes. In La Educación Superior en le Sector Educativo del Mercosur. Serie Educación Superior. REUN Red de Editoriales de Universidades Nacionales. June 2009.

Biography of Debbie Hughes
Debbie Hughes is BHEF’s vice president of higher education and workforce. She leads strategy and implementation of BHEF’s National Higher Education and Workforce Initiative (HEWI) to align business and higher education around workforce development and future talent. HEWI’s focus is on emerging fields: cybersecurity, data science and analytics, water science, media and broadcast engineering, and culture and behavioral ethics.

Hughes’ work has resulted in the development of 20+ new programs across member and partner higher education institutions as well as national resources and playbooks. Since joining BHEF in 2011, Hughes has also led initiatives focused on 21st century workplace competencies and credentials, the T-shaped professional, experiential education, and scaling of best practices.

She has been awarded or served as a central part of the team for 15+ grants from national foundations. Hughes is the principal investigator for a five-year National Science Foundation project focused on building innovative business-engaged postsecondary programs and pathways in five regions in the country, as well as measuring the impact of business engagement in supporting students, particularly women and underrepresented minorities, transferring and persisting in STEM degree programs.

Hughes has more than ten years of experience in the areas of talent development, competitiveness, innovation and economic development, strategic visioning, partnership creation and facilitation, and program implementation. Prior to BHEF, Hughes was the director of public-private partnerships for Project Lead the Way, where she oversaw strategic relationships and a national STEM education agenda. Hughes also served as a program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, where she created opportunities for students and educators to participate in America's research enterprise as a means to improving U.S. competitiveness.

Biography of Tracy Huang
Tracy Huang is an associate director at C&M International, an international trade, investment, and regulatory policy consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., where she guides the development and management of international public private partnerships in the science and education sector. Tracy also advises Fortune 100 companies and trade associations on international trade and foreign policy matters in support of their engagement with U.S. government and international organizations.

Tracy serves as the chief coordinator and secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Project DARE (Data Analytics Raising Employment) initiative which seeks to facilitate development of a data analytics-enabled workforce across the APEC region to effectively support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the region. Project DARE is led by the United States (U.S. Department of Labor) in APEC with co-sponsorship from the governments of Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Chinese Taipei, and Viet Nam and endorsed by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

Prior to joining C&M International in 2012, Tracy was with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she assisted multinationals in China and the United States to comply with anti-corruption requirements. She also previously worked on a variety of China and Taiwan-related matters at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Treasury Department.

Biography of Lydia Cheng
Lydia Cheng leads the Digital Custom Solutions Group for Wiley and is responsible for shaping and coordinating both US and Global learning strategies for unique educational initiatives. Lydia coordinates different teams, from editorial and instructional design to project management, technology infrastructure, and operations within Wiley to support the development of custom solutions that meet specific market and geography-specific needs.

Lydia serves on the advisory board on behalf of Wiley for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Project DARE (Data Analytics Raising Employment) initiative in coordination with BHEF and C&M International. Since Wiley has partnered closely with BHEF to develop the DSA competency map, Lydia’s team is leveraging their experience in competency-based learning to define the curriculum requirements to support DSA course development for non-computer science or data science major both in the US and abroad.

Prior to joining Wiley in 2011, Lydia was a consultant to Wiley with her own consulting firm blending more than 15 years of experience in interactive publishing, media, sales, technology expertise to help transform communication and education for B2B and B2C customers.

Biography of Pablo Henri Ramirez Didou
Pablo Henri Ramirez Didou obtained his Ph.D. in Thai Studies at Chulalongkorn University. He is currently the Coordinator of Internationalization at the Union of Universities of Latin America and the Carribean where he is in charge of the programs related to student mobility (PAME), accreditation and evaluation of higher education institutions (CEAI) and the ENLACES program. Previous to this position, Dr. Ramirez Didou worked as the Research Coordinator in the School of Communications Arts at Bangkok University, Thailand.

Biography of Irais Barreto
Irais Barreto is currently a PhD student at the Department of Educational Research at the Center for Research and Advanced Study of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in Mexico City and her research is about the Mexican internationalization of higher education: some experiences with Asia Pacific. She is a member of the Network on internationalization and academic and scientific mobilities (RIMAC). She has a bachelor´s degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a master´s degree in International Development Cooperation from the Institute Dr. José María Luis Mora.

She has experience in International Development Cooperation, South South Cooperation and internationalization of Higher Education in Latin America. She has worked in different institutions like the Latin American Institute for Educational Communication (ILCE), the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) among others. Throughout her professional career she has collaborated in important cooperation mechanism like the Pacific Alliance, the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and the Facilitation Project for the Trade Agreement between Mexico and the European Union.

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 :

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 :

For information on the meeting program, please contact:

Ms Elaine Hung
Project Manager (Events & Relations)
APRU International Secretariat

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