June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Diversity and Corporate Member Council
26.955.1 - 26.955.11
Engineering research in Latin America, as in many parts of the world, has beentraditionally financed by governmental grants. The areas of investigation were set by theresearchers to fulfill their group / organization needs, including that of their PhD students,who need to publish in international journals a good number of articles as requirement toget their doctoral degrees. As the resources to conduct research are provided by thegovernments, most of the prestigious research centers are found in public universities, withvery few exceptions in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. On the other hand, privateuniversities struggle to get economic resources, beyond student´s tuition and fees, tosupport their research and improve the quality of the education they deliver. Additionally,to be well positioned in the many university rankings systems produced by largeinternational companies that are based on number of publications done by faculty.Moreover, defining priorities in the research lines become a very hard task for deans andgraduate directors, most of the time these discussions affect the organizational climate thatis needed to assure good results in scientific production. Tecnológico de Monterrey is thelargest private university in Mexico and well known by the quality of their graduate. Theavailability of large number of well-trained bilingual engineers and qualified labor force inMonterrey is attracting a large number of high tech companies that are moving theirmanufacturing facilities and engineering design centers to this area. The fast growingengineering demand of well-trained people, capable of generating new products, improveprocess efficiency and create wealth for the companies, created a niche to set an IndustrialConsortium of Companies and University. This in turn attracts top engineering talents toMonterrey and trains them to acquire the skills needed by these companies. These talentsare enrolled in a full time graduate program offered by Tecnológico de Monterrey withtuition and fees fully paid by the companies and additionally are supported by a mentorthat supervise the research work conducted by the students while in the program. Since theadmission of the first generation of students, August 2008, the program keeps its steadygrowth and the companies are highly satisfied with the engineers they trained through thisprogram. This paper describes, in more details, the origin, motivation and implementationof the Industrial Consortium to Foster Applied Research in Mexico at Tecnológico deMonterrey.
Micheloud, O. M. (2015, June), Industrial Consortium to Foster Applied Research to Enhance Regional Economic Growth: a Successful Case Study. Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24292
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