By Asael Villanueva / CONECTA
A learning experience that roams across Mexico: this was the opportunity given to 55 foreign students on a new international program from Tec de Monterrey.
Young people from New Zealand, South Korea, China, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Singapore, France, and Sweden studied the iWinterMx program for one month.
These international students took specialized courses in business, culture, or aeronautics (according to their preference) with stays at 3 Tec campuses.
At the same time, they took part in activities and tours of important Mexican landmarks.
“I enjoyed this program. It was very different to what I’m used to in my country,” said Mingi Kwon from South Korea.
“Everything was so new to me, from the way of thinking to the culture. It was an experience that opened my mind,” he added.
iWinterMx: A winter of learning
Changes to Tec de Monterrey’s calendar enabled the Internationalization Office to launch the iWinterMx intensive study program.
This was held from January 1 to 31 and consisted of 3 courses: Aeronautics Industry, Culture & Identity, and Global Business.
“Winter courses aren’t that common throughout the world. The Tec put a lot of effort into promoting this, and we had an excellent number of students,” said Patricia Montaño, Director of the Internationalization Office.
She went on to say that participants were offered a ‘roaming’ learning program, as they went to three Tec campuses, visited the cities where they’re located, and met different teachers.
“They also experienced a combination of the academic side with the practical one,” added Montaño.
That’s because the young people took part in activities in the classroom, visits to companies, talks from experts, networking events, and cultural excursions.
The campuses receiving students from these three programs were Querétaro, Chihuahua, State of Mexico, Puebla, Santa Fe, Guadalajara, León, and Monterrey.
Experiencing the TEC21 Educational Model
Montaño said that one of the program’s advantages was outreach with industry by the Tec’s campuses in each region taking part in iWinterMx.
“This combination of academia with practicality is very attractive to students who hold different ideas of what to expect in Mexico,” she added.
The way this works is derived from the TEC21 Model, which encourages learning involving real challenges through activities both in the classroom and outside it.
Students working at Aeromexico
The Aeronautics Industry group was challenged to redesign an unmanned aircraft and suggest an actionable business plan from their country that could be implemented by the aeronautics industry in Mexico.
For their part, participants from the Culture & Identity group created stories and multimedia content based on what they’d learned about Mexican culture.
In turn, the Global Business students identified a business opportunity based on the Mexican market and their culture.
“It was an incredible experience. We had both a full experience of the business approach and a practical experience at the companies we visited,” enthused Bastian from France.
iSummerMx: The summer option
This is the first time a winter program has been given at the Tec, although something similar had already been done in the summer: iSummerMx.
The 3 winter programs are given during iSummerMx, as well as some from other Tec areas and schools:
Aeronautics, Culture & Identity, Marketing, Business, Mexican Architecture, Latin Music, Automotive Engineering, Mexican Jewelry, Migration from Close Up, and Regional Economy in Mexico are some of the programs that will be given as of July 6.