Currently there are over 4.5 million students enrolled in higher education in Mexico, 2.5 million more than in 2000. This makes Mexico one of the largest higher education systems in Latin America and one of the fastest growing in the world.
The internationalization of Higher Education is a key priority for the Mexican government. The objective is to support innovative joint programs, joint degrees, joint supervision of theses, set up of academic networks and scholar exchanges. This orientation is mainly supported by institutions like the Tecnologico de Monterrey with its vibrant 26 campus, its innovative approaches and its several representative offices worldwide.
Jose Manuel Paez is the Vice-Rector for Internationalization at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He has previously served as the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) Director for North America (US, Canada and Mexico), based in Boston; Member of the MIT REAP Madrid program, Member of Advisory Council of Harvard-Spain Student Association at Harvard and Visiting Scholar at Graduate School of Design in Harvard University (Smart Cities). Before that, Jose Manuel has been Vice President for International Relations of the UPM between 2004 and 2014. He also occupied several positions in international universities, as Invited professor at Universidade de Sao Paulo, Visiting Senior Researcher at International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and Berkeley Wireless Research Centre (BWRC), both institutions linked to University of California at Berkeley (USA).