Visión Internacional

International Vision (Visión Internacional) is a digital newsletter edited by the Associate Vice-Presidency for International Affairs (VAI) in which you can find articles about the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s day-to-day activities that promote international experiences for students and faculty.

This bi-monthly digital publication shows not only the projects currently being developed at our international offices, but also news from our campuses regarding our “International Vision”. This offers our readers the opportunity to see for themselves what is currently happening at the Tecnológico de Monterrey and how the institution is interacting on a global scale.

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The Tec de Monterrey becomes the first university in Latin America to adopt Liquid Galaxy

By Tecnológico de Monterrey, News Agency / Ricardo Lyle

Liquid Galaxy is a tool created by Google to facilitate the teaching-learning process by offering immersive experiences with panoramic videos and photos, as well as the option to create 3D objects.

Liquid Galaxy is an emerging technology that will offer students and faculty at the Tecnológico de Monterrey the opportunity to be part of an immersive teaching-learning process with virtual and panoramic scenarios from a range of different disciplines, including Engineering, Medicine and Architecture, among others. The Tec is the first university in Mexico and Latin America to implement these emerging technologies and projects.

Gonzalo Reza Jiménez, Educational Technology Leader for Educational Innovation at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, stated that, on July 3rd, this tool was presented to members of faculty and directors from our campus in Monterrey at the Center for Teacher Development and Educational Innovation (CEDDIE).

He stated that one of the challenges facing the institution is how to provide innovative technological tools to the members of the academic community who are willing to try it, as well as experimenting with new learning models at a time when education is at a tipping point; a time when value lies in generating ideas, prototypes and projects within the Institution in order to remain at the cutting edge of educational models.

"We are the first to try this type of immersive learning; it is a tool we will be offering our faculty and students in order for them to come up with new experiential models both inside and outside the classroom, as well as trying out new techniques and learning methods," added Reza.

One thing to mention about this tool is that it was built by employees from the Tecnológico de Monterrey using Liquid Galaxy code and information provided by Google.

Ricardo Ipiña Sifuentes, Liquid Galaxy Project Leader, stated that: "What we want is to offer tools that support knowledge generation and learning among both students and faculty at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. What we really want is to provide a solution and the ‘know how’ needed to develop new tools (…) Liquid Galaxy is a project that is available for people to experiment with; the goal is for students and faculty to come and try and create new things."

Irving Hidrogo Montemayor, CEDDIE Director at our campus in Monterrey, recognized the outstanding work done by the Educational Innovation Department at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. "This project is really quite ambitious (…) given that it has to be built from the ground up, it is a huge challenge and something the world hasn’t seen before. This means that it has huge potential, but it also means that it is not going to be easy to do."

The presentation came to a close with a technical session offered by David Daza Padrón, Project Leader for Educational Technologies, during which the components of the tools and the phases of the creative process were explained.

How Liquid Galaxy can be used in Education was also discussed, and the event ended with those present being invited to experiment and test drive this tool.

The Liquid Galaxy tool will be available at Room 1 of our CEDDIE Building located at our campus in Monterrey until December, offering students and faculty access. After that, it will tour a number of different campuses.

For further information about the Liquid Galaxy project at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, please contact Ricardo Ipiña, Project Leader.

Students from the Tecnológico de Monterrey set to make their universal mobility proposal a reality in Peru

By Tecnológico de Monterrey, News Agency / Mariana Perales

Simplifying everyday activities becomes an important task when we are talking about the elderly or people with a disability. Erick Tavira, Daniel López and Esteban Vivanco, students from the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s campus in the State of Mexico, have proposed a Rest Home project which is to be built in Lima, Peru.

With the goal of generating solutions that make people’s lives more comfortable, Architecture and Industrial Design students from the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s campus in the State of Mexico took part in the "Fondo Pradera Asia Rest Home Project, Lima-Peru".

The goal of the project is to integrate “Universal Design” concepts in all areas of accessibility, as well as analyzing the needs of the elderly and wheelchair users with regard to their daily activities. Participants had to propose dignified solutions for people; ones which help make their daily activities safer, as well as minimizing the risk of accidents and danger.

Students from the Tecnológico de Monterrey were invited to take part by Jorge Victor Loo Valverde, a lecturer with the Department of Architecture, Industrial Design and Civil Engineering at our campus in the State of Mexico, who also tutored them throughout the process.

Participants had to present their proposal, defining and justifying the dimensions of the areas requested, as well as complying with applicable regulations in Peru and design and building criteria in order to achieve an adaptable and accessible dwelling for people with reduced mobility.

The proposal created by Architecture students (ARQ) Erick Tavira García and Daniel López Jiménez, alongside Industrial Design student (LDI) Daniel Esteban Vivanco Hernández was chosen as the winner. These students will have the opportunity to see their project become a reality at the hands of Nelly Gutiérrez, a renowned architect. Construction will begin before the end of the year.

The land where the project will be built is found in the Desarrollo Fundo Pradera ASIA, located in Lima, Peru, an area that is surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes and is characterized for its innovative and exclusive design, making it an ideal space for a peaceful and enriching life.

One of the purposes of universal design is to simplify everyday tasks by building products, services and surroundings that are easier for all people to use.

A CSI Accountant

By Tecnológico de Monterrey, News Agency / Christian Salazar

From Deloitte’s Anti-Money Laundering Area, Tec alumnus, Alejandro Ortega investigates possible cases of fraud, reconstructs events and calculates proprietary damages, all of which he sees as a means of eliminating actions of this kind at all levels, as well as raising awareness of the enormous repercussions that corruption has on our country.

Despite the fact that, when he first enrolled in the Undergraduate Public Accounting and Finance degree program, Alejandro Ortega (LCPF'11), a graduate from the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s campus in the State of Mexico, his goal was to work at the Mexican Stock Exchange, his professional life has led him to investigate possible cases of fraud or corruption at private and public institutions.

For four years, Alejandro has been working at the Department of Forensic Investigation Services, part of the Anti-Money Laundering Area at Deloitte, one of the four major international consultancy firms in the country. He provides consultancy services to companies, banks and governmental institutions, with his main activities focusing on investigating possible cases of fraud, quantifying proprietary damages, reconstructing events and, in the area of money laundering prevention, monitoring compliance with applicable legislation.

"I never imagined that I would work in an area like this as it is unusual for an accountant, but it is so interesting in terms of the areas and activities you come into contact with. My work has sparked my interest in national security, combatting corruption, fraud, etc., from a legal and public standpoint," commented Alejandro, who is starting the Master’s degree program in National Security, offered by the University of Sydney, in January 2016.

Ethics and Values

Once he has completed his Master’s degree, he would like to get involved in the public sector at the Treasury Department’s (SHCP) Financial Intelligence Unit, stating that: "every day on the news, we see cases of fraud and corruption at public and private institutions, but nobody ever does anything. I see this as an opportunity to eliminate actions of this kind at all levels, as well as raising awareness of the enormous repercussions that corruption has on our country."

Alejandro talked about how his time at the Tecnológico de Monterrey has helped him to excel in this area despite the fact he has to deal with delicate topics, such as fraud and corruption, thanks to the values and ethics that his classmates and teachers helped instill in him, both of which are key elements in combatting these criminal acts and winning the confidence of his superiors and peers at Deloitte.

He gave three recommendations to students at the Tec de Monterrey: firstly, go on an exchange program at least once during their time at the Tec; secondly, take advantage of the extracurricular activities that the Tec offers in Sports, Associations and Student Groups, and Cultural Activities; and, finally, do what you love and make your passion your profession.