Tecnológico de Monterrey is the only Mexican university and one of two from Latin America in the University Global Compact (UGC), an alliance between educational institutions across the world that contemplates a challenging and achievable program of work to seek real solutions towards achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Polytechnic University of Madrid, University of Waterloo, African Development University, Yonsei University, University of Los Andes, State University of New York, and the Tec are some of the 15 higher education institutions participating in the global network of universities collaborating with the UN and other international organizations.
Their goals include identifying short-term commitments, sharing information between participating universities, and selecting concrete achievable actions in each country.
Tecnológico de Monterrey is a founder member and the only Mexican university in the compact. The University of Los Andes, Colombia, is the only other one in Latin America.
“Establishing this global compact provides universities with the opportunity to do everything in our power to educate and inspire our students to face the most pressing challenges facing the world today, encouraging them to produce their own new ideas and solutions to achieve sustainable development. Educational institutions occupy a key position for raising awareness, fostering support, and leading efforts to this end,” said Salvador Alva, President of Tecnológico de Monterrey, who is in New York attending the United Nations Climate Change Summit.
The University Global Compact includes six commitments:
- Increasing students’ understanding of the most pressing challenges facing the world today and inspiring students to play an active role in driving change and finding new solutions.
- Developing the global competence and leadership skills students need to effectively collaborate across cultural and national boundaries and across disciplines and sectors in creating a more sustainable future.
- Engaging in actionable research, knowledge sharing, and innovation in collaboration with other local and international organizations in pursuit of novel approaches to achieving the SDGs.
- Engaging with private and public actors in leading, guiding and supporting local, national and global responses to the SDGs.
- Recognizing the impact that our own operations have on important sustainable development issues and acting responsibly to address them and serve as an example to others.
- Communicating publicly our progress and being accountable for our outcomes.
“This is undoubtedly a great moment for reaffirming our commitment to society, as shown in our vision for 2030, which places people at the center of creating a sustainable world. At the Tec, we’re working very hard so that our three institutional axes: leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship, contribute to human flourishing,” added Salvador Alva.
The Tec, an agent of change
Tecnológico de Monterrey, alongside the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), is also national coordinator of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Mexico, a network of Mexican universities and research centers that work closely with the Mexican presidency to draft proposals for public policies and funding projects that contribute concrete solutions towards achieving the SDGs.
One activity it carried out recently was 17 Rooms, which covered the global objectives for eradicating poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all, in which 45 professors from different regions of the country participated.
The main teaching and research activities related to at least one of the SDGs implemented at the Tec include the more than 1,600 courses it provides every year at high school, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels, as well as 73% of scientific publications made over the past 5 years.