Vub mission 26. 09 to 03. 10. 2011, Mexico City and Puebla Final Report Monday September 28th (Mexico City)

ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – Campus Mexico City

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ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – Campus Mexico City

#2  in México, (QS)#9 in Latin America, #279 worldwide

Calle del Punte 222, Col. Ejidos de Huipulco, C.P. 14380, Distrito Federal, México. Entrada 1 (Periférico), Biblioteca (Building 9 on the map attached)

Contact: Yuriko Taniguchi Ponciano - Cooperative Services Coordinator/ International Office

Mobile: 525554832020, Tel. (+52) 55 5483 1741; Intercampus: 80 226 1741;²


Joaquín Guerra, Director for International Affairs (Vicerector equivalent)

Ricardo Swain, Dean, School of Design, Engineering and Architecture, Campus in Mexico City Metropolitan Area

Hugo Elizalde, Dean, School of Design, Engineering and Architecture, Mexico City Campus

Dora García, Research Director, School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences

Alejandra Vilalta, Director of Internacionalization, Campus in Mexico City Metropolitan Area

Yuriko Taniguchi, Cooperation Services Coordinator

Agenda General Program:

Welcome by the Director for International Affairs ITESM

ITESM presentation

VUB presentation

Visit to Campus Facilities

Round table for cooperation opportunities




-private (but non-profit)

-31 campuses

-95.000 students: 55.000 Ba; 12.500 Ma+PhD; 27.000 high school

-9.200 professors

-52% have scholarship

-51% of class 2014 have international experience

-21% of alumni are PARTNERS or FOUNDERS of a company after 6 months of their graduation

-160.000 linked In contacts students & alumni

-27% of top 100 companies in Mexico are run by alumni

-antenna in Germany; Fudan; Paris (closed for the moment)

-From the incoming students, 42% come from Europe

-15% of the courses are taught in English

- Board of directors: industry

- Linked-in: 160.000 alumni

We can learn from them in the area of entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer – Hugo Thienpont, Marc Goldchstein, Thomas Crispeels, Nicholay Dentchev …


-entrepreneurial spirit

-human sense (social responsibility, ethics)

-international competitive

PLUS interaction between these features

Started with: Business, Engineering; Now comprehensive

7 strategic keys a.o.

- social (e.g. full tuition scholarship for ”<1000 dollar” family income

-inspiring faculty – new teaching methods

-educational flexibility (challenge based learning) **

- spill-over to the region (distrito tec)

- fund raising and alumni

**Example: i-week = one week out of classroom doing challenges (30 challenges for engineering) in groups of 10. Is immersion in activity: making own instrument involving ergonomy, electronics,…

Also int’l office had challenges: Mexico through your eyes with a video as result.

Soon a pilot will start with one i-semester.

Maybe a destination for INISOL in the future?

Extension of urban studies to another continent?

Concept of i-week? Teaching staff exchange?

Research: is issue driven, applied and connected with industry

Collaboration with MIT in nanotechnology

Networks: European Consortium for Innovative Universities (ECIU) – For details see ANNEX 2

To check by VUB – no Belgians in this network now – send to DOZ or Education Department as idea for best practice

Summer school available (PPT is available upon request to IRMO)

coordinator: Sara Gabriela Ruiz

Exchange info on summer schools

Possibility for faculty mobility to ITESM for short stays, up to 2 years, employed by ITESM

By 2014: 50% of the students had an international experience

By 2020: 100% of the students will have in international experience

ITESM is interested in 3 + 2 model. FLOW:

3 Ba at ITESM

1 exchange year at VUB (taking up 1st Ma courses) and result is Ba of ITESM

6 months to one year at ITESM

1 year at VUB taking up 2nd Ma courses (possible with inversion of semesters, doing thesis first)

VUB does suggestion of model in areas of interest, backed with research collaboration; primarily fac. ES.


  • Networks: European Consortium for Innovative Universities (ECIU), propose to DOZ as best practice, or Koen Lombaerts, to see if we can be part

  • Advice a visit to ITESM by the ES faculty (Include Leo Van Hove, Joel Branson, Michael Doms) e-mail and send ITESM presentation)

  • Exchange information on summer schools for promotion

Parallel session Ann Peeters

12.00 – 13.00 Meeting with Dora García, Research Director, School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences– PhD program in Humanities



Dora García


Ann Peeters

PhD : Doctorado en Estudios Humanisticos:

  • Literature

  • Ethics

  • Communication Studies

  • Cultural Studies

 Multilingual Master with double degree as a possibility for students who intend to start a PhD at ITESM and are particularly interested in literature.


Ann Peeters to follow up with Dora García contacts Ann Peeters after having discussed this possibility with her colleagues.

Wednesday September 30th (MEXICO CITY)_____________________________________________
IBERO (Universidad Iberoamericana)

#3 in México, (QS) # 22 in Latin America, 551 worldwide

Prolongación Paseo de la Reforma 880, Lomas de Santa Fe, 01219, México DF, entry #9 on Vasco de Quiroga street.

Contact: Sonia Fernández Orozco, Sub-director of Cooperation and Academic Relations

+(52)555950, extension 4014;

Agenda & Participants

10:15 Welcome Meeting

Sonia E. FERNÁNDEZ OROZCO, Director of Academic Cooperation Sub-Director of Cooperation and Academic Relations

11:00 Martin SCHEER, Assistant Director, Student Mobility

Florian Dittmar, exchange coordinator incoming students

Claudia Castillo Ayala, special programs coordinator

Patricia García Carvajal, Agreements Assistant, Direction of Academic Cooperation

12:00 Sala de Juntas Direcciones Divisionales

-Dr. Carlos Mendoza Álvarez, Director, Division of Humanities and Communication

-Ana Bertha PÉREZ LIZAUR, Director, Graduate Studies

-Rafael Iván QUEVEDO PARTIDA, Professor/Researcher, Department of Engineering & Chemical Sciences

-Jorge Andrés MARTÍNEZ ALARCÓN, Director, Engineering Department

-Luis Felipe CANUDAS OREZZA, Director, Literature Department

-Jane-Däle LLOYD DÄLEY, Director, History Department




Private Jesuit university, founded in 1943, independent 1969, new campus in 1985 (after earthquake).

-member of Jesuit higher education network (>200 universities worldwide)

Organized by departmental structure (closer to American model), which facilitates credit recognition

-11.359 students Bachelor and 1.103 Ma and PhD

-19 academic depts.

They are modifying their internal regulation to increase the % of courses in English. Students must graduate with English knowledge.

Credit system in development (40 Ibero credits/semester)

They have 81 – 100 visiting professors

-courses in EN and FR (?)

-soon to come: each dept. will have at least 1 programme in English

-31/33 Ba; 8/24 Ma; 8/10 PhD are PNPC-accredited

- Ba degree 4,5 year

-11 programmes have label of international competency (highest accreditation label)

-5 cooperative programmes and double diploma PhD are in place with international universities

-member in 2 Erasmus Mundus projects (Perpignan & Italian uni.)

-tuition: 4.500 (BAC) à 8.000 (Master)/semester

-Aim: humanize the globalization process

-Aim future: have a better rate undergrad/grad and give access to 2.000 socially disadvantaged students by giving them full scholarships (a.o. through sponsorship of Santander Bank), bringing them to a 20% of the total student body

- They had an agreement with UCL for history, but it was stopped.

Bij die Jesuiten voel ik mij thuis” - Jan Cornelis

Double diploma PhD is an option

Architecture program is renowned.

Also master in urban development is available.

The programme is supported by 2 chairs, one on sustainability and one by Cemex company. It sponsors study trips of students,

VUB’s option on mixed Construction and architecture master was explained

Link with:


-Urban studies

(bring in contact)

-Architecture (send program architecture/construction engineering BRUFACE)


-possible on Ba-level since 4,5 year (80 to 90% of the total is at Bachelor level)

-more difficult on Ma level since classes are in early morning (7-9 am) and evening since students work during the day.

1.33 IBERO credits are roughly 1 ECTS

3 months of social work are mandatory at the bachelor level


Broad Ba in humanities

Multilingual master
Send link of VUB-exchange programmes

VUB-VLIR-UOS reisbeurzen bestemming? B2 Spaans nodig

Most classes are taught in Spanish, also for exchange

Academic year: Aug - Dec and Jan - May

40 credits/semester

3 months of community work is mandatory at Ba-level

REI: voluntary or 6 credits if also a workshop is followed

This can be related to the VLIR-UOS REIsbeurzen (Spanish language is necessary)

Summer school is 5 weeks. Approx. 3.000 EUR incl. housing and a one week trip. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required.

Promote each other’s summer school

Presentation on history and chemical engineering (some courses in EN)

- Literature: they have Erasmus Mundus Partnerships

- Interest in

  • Research collaboration for Spanish Literature

  • Multilingual Master preparatory programme for students from other departments

  • Setting up a double degree master for literature and linguistics (Spanish, English, French, Italian, German)

  • Student mobility for the same languages


  • Find out detail about tuition arrangements and if needed pursue MoU to avoid that IBERO’s students pay IBERO’s fee while at VUB

  • Suggest to UOS (Françoise) the possibility to establish a link for future reisbeurzalen (Marthin Scheer department at IBERO)

  • Ann Peeters to follow up on the possibilities with the Literature Department (Luis Felipe Canudas Orezza, Director)



- Ing. Miguel Ángel Álvarez Gómez, Secretario Académico del Instituto Politécnico Nacional

- Dr. José Guadalupe Trujillo Ferrara, Secretario de Investigación y Posgrado

- Dr. Francisco José Plata Olvera, Secretario de Extensión e Integración Social

- Dr. Juan Silvestre Aranda Barradas, Director Postgraduate Studies



-founded in 1936

-180.000 students

-7.000 engineers graduate/year

-moto: ‘the technique to the service of the nation’

-tv channel with 70% of country coverage

-Ba and Ma

- 32 joint degree programs

- network of regional centers (SME support and permanent education) that focus mainly on hospitals and public organizations

- they never went further than joint labs and would like their students to go abroad (but they may not have the appropriate language requirements)

- to set up double degrees is one of their main priorities.

Research areas:


Computer Sciences


Environmental Sciences

Nanosciences and Micronanotechnologies

Health Sciences


Robotics and Mechatronics

Aerospace Engineering

Research centers:

Genomic Biotech center

Computer Sciences (demand for collaboration from IPN)

Economic, Administrative and Social Sciences

Applied Science and advanced technology

Marine Science

Integral regional development

Environmental studies

Digital technology development

Center for cleaner production

Aerospatial development

Nanoscience, micro and nanotechnology

Send info on:

-VIB-plant genetics


-Water related groups

-PL5 info: center for joint research valorization

Contact Geert Angenon, Jacques Langhendries,

Willy Bouwens

Collaboration with UCL and Liège Haute Ecole (student exchange)

IPN strong areas:

-biotech; chemical engineering; materials

-upcoming: electronics and computer science

Created 9 research networks:

    • Biotechnology

    • Computer Sciences

    • Economics

    • Energy

    • Environmental Sciences

    • Nanosciences and Micronanotechnologies

    • Health Sciences

    • Telecommunications

    • Robotics and Mechatronics

Involved in technological-social programs that focus on:

  • water

  • diabetes (type 2)

  • energy production

  • obesity


-VUB-plant genetics


-Water related groups

-Big Data, ICT, IOF groups

  • Send info on Pleinlaan 5 & 9: center for joint research valorisation

Evening: dinner with Tom Van Daele, FIT attaché (contact:

gsm: 5554178420

Embajada de Bélgica
Flanders Investment & Trade
Tel: +55 52815922 |  F: +55 52815993
Av. Alfredo Musset 41, Col. Polanco - CP11550 México D.F.
-Arturos: Cuernavaca No. 68 Col. Condesa (closed on Wednesday)

-Maximo Bistro, Calle Tonala 133 (corner with Zacatecas)



Presentation of Int’l priorities and collaboration models. He received BDA-brochure in e-version.

Offer: participation in education fairs. Has 2 part-time collaborators.

First upcoming fair: at IBERO, 27 October
IRMO provides documentation: brochures (still brochures available at embassy – ask to hand over to Tom)

Bring in contact with recruiters to give info for the fair – Ongoing … can be seen as a pilot for other countries


  • Provided documentation and guidance to hold VUB stand at IBERO fair

  • Prepare general info for all FIT agencies worldwide and send Henri, Corporate Brochure, BDA, etc (include in mailing of Christmas cards and Corporate Communications)

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