Universidad Azteca

HE Institution
Year of foundation: 
1994
Member since: 
26/05/2021
Azteca University

Contact

Institutional postal address: 
Palma No. 61 Barrio de San Antonio Chalco C.P. 56600, Estado de México www.universidadazteca.edu.mx and www.univ-azteca.edu.mx
Region: 
Latin America and Caribbean
Country: 
Mexico
City: 
Mexico City
Institutional e-mail: 
Institutional phone: 
+52 55 5986-3050

Mision / Vision

Vision: Azteca University is a decisive factor in the cultural, economic, political and social development, through its educational services, with Alumni in excellence, that produce improvements in their environment and significant advances in humanistic, scientific and technological knowledge, capable to defend for the truth, maintaining a spirit of improvement and service.

Mission: Azteca University is based on Lasallian Christian Humanism, its Mission is the integral realization of the Human Being, training people in knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, with high academic level, capable of promoting the Common Good.

Goals

About us? We as university, seek to reach a transcendent Mexico. We offer a life plan that allows students to discover and positively explore the human potential, which helps find personal pathway and give meaning to personal life by carrying out professional development, based on humanistic and Catholic inspired principles, building life principles with values such as the truth, justice and honesty.

Story: Since 1994 we are working in good standing, because the world development never stops. We adapt to the needs of this time and act accordingly. Our Academic Programs, our university structure and international projects are the product of updating and the search for success.

Main activities

Universidad Azteca (hereafter UA) was founded in 1994 by its current Rector Magnificus, a distinguished figure in the field of higher education development, especially associated with projects aimed at broadening access. It was registered as a ‘sociedad civil’ on 15 July of that year (no. 21476). By 2008, Universidad Azteca began establishing ten satellite campuses elsewhere in Mexico to provide classroom-based courses, as well as sixteen information/ tutorial support centres (also in Mexico itself) where students taking programmes in online mode could receive an element of blended learning. Based on the success of these experiments, the University embarked on an initiative to deliver programmes outside Mexico, predominantly using a mix of online/blended learning methodologies, but also some purely online delivery. This initiative was marked on 19 February 2010 by the creation of the Deanship of European Programs, and Cooperation’s ay UAE and India respectively, focusing on the special management and infrastructure needs of the overseas programmes. Universidad Azteca’s legal status in Mexico is as a fully recognised private university registered by SEP, the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education, (9 April 1999, No 15-00084), its modus operandi being as a not for profit association having some of the characteristics of a trust and an academic cooperative in UK terms. Mexican Government recognition gives the University the right to offer courses which are individually approved by SEP through the process of RVOE (Reconocimiento de Validez Oficial de Estudios) as well as its own academic and professional higher degrees (grados proprios). The documented history of Universidad Azteca operations in Mexico shows a careful and reflective approach with realistic target-setting, year by year, in terms of issues such as physical facilities, student support systems, faculty and staff development and interaction, programme diversification, and external recognition, of getting accreditation from ASIC UK. This process accords also with the commitment to external accreditation in Universidad Azteca’s institutional plan for 2011-2020. The overseas programmes are managed from Universidad Azteca by the Director & Chair of International Programmes, Dr Ricardo Saavedra, and coordinated by the Dean of European Programmes, Dr Gerhard Berchtold, whose remit extends outside Europe. There are double-degree awarding agreements with Universidad Central de Nicaragua (UCN), with Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM) in Spain.

Opening up higher education to society

Over the past 16 months, higher education has been tested by a once-in-a-century global health pandemic which has brought access and mobility challenges that have required us to find global solutions. But COVID-19 has only added to a long list of severely disruptive global challenges, like climate change, social inequality and the threat to international collaboration and exchange. We now understand the effort needed to overcome threats of this magnitude and we have proven that even closer collaboration will be needed to overcome future challenges. Like many other universities, we begun thinking of ways in which our institutions have to face these challenges with character and its resources to take action. Universidad Azteca should remain steadfast in cultivating its values and identity; that universities should remain connected to each other; and that universities should remain focused on the future. Azteca University task is to remain focused on the future by embracing innovation. Human civilization aspires to the ideals and values that universities embody. Universities inherit knowledge and culture and cultivate future talent through borderless collaboration with governments, enterprises and international organizations. Despite the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, technology has offered credible solutions for an unprecedented problem. Online tools and advanced technologies have propelled the development of teaching and learning. These developments have the potential to address the problem of inequality in education. At the time of the crisis. Universidad Azteca is confident that the network will make a significant contribution towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. These initiatives have underscored universities’ common commitment to serve society and address the urgent challenges faced by humanity. 

Partners

  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government