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UJAT, enterprising education

Article - May 22, 2012
One of the top seats of learning in the country, the Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco is strengthening its international links and mentoring the next generation of talent
DR JOSE MANUEL PIÑA GUTIERREZ, RECTOR OF UJAT
Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco, also known as UJAT, is the largest and most prestigious institute of higher education in the state of Tabasco. The Villahermosa-based public university has received numerous accolades lauding the quality of its education programs that have sprung from a mission to “prepare professionals with extensive knowledge in their fields of study to meet the needs of Tabasco and the country.”

“If you want a country to progress, you need to develop two pillars: education and infrastructure, which is what we are now achieving in Mexico,” says Dr. Jose Manuel Piña Gutierrez, Rector of UJAT. “By 2013 Mexico will have the greatest number of young people and the greatest demand for university places in its history, which means we have to continue expanding the country’s higher education sector.”

During his tenure at the helm of UJAT, Dr. Piña Gutierrez is actively promoting stronger relations with international universities and encouraging students’ mastery of a second language.

“One of our goals is internationalization and a way of accelerating this is by networking with universities in other parts of the world and increasing the mobility of our teachers and students,” he says, adding that UJAT has forged links with institutes of higher education in Spain, the U.K., Japan, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and the U.S., among others. “Last year I was in Moscow at a meeting of Latin American and Russian universities. I have also visited the University of San Agustin in Chicago because we want to develop a program for all our faculty to learn English and IT skills.”

All of the educational programs offered by the university are accredited by the Mexican Ministry of Public Education and the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Learning (ANUIES).

Furthermore, UJAT’s Talent Incubation Program and its Institutional Program for Entrepreneurs are designed to bring out the best in Mexico’s next generation of business leaders.

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