Tecnológico de Monterrey is embarking upon a new stage of transformation with personal flourishing at its heart and an eye to an innovative future.BY ANDREA LÓPEZ
In 2015, Tecnológico de Monterrey launched its 2020 Strategic Plan for profound self-transformation. Now, this university is setting new goals, which it has enshrined in its 2030 Strategic Plan. This provides a new facet to the original dream of its founders under a commitment to reinforce what makes us human: love, compassion, imagination, creativity, inspiration, meaning, empathy, conscience, happiness, virtue, and connection.
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it oneself. This is what we want to do as an educational institution. We don’t want people telling us what’s going to happen. We want to be leading figures in building that future,” says its rector, David Garza.
This plan for 2030 is the Tec’s response to a world that’s changing at unprecedented speed: robotization, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, blockchain, nanotechnology, simulation, and gene editing are just some examples of the progress that will have an exponential impact on the way we work, organize, develop, and live. Salvador Alva, the institution’s president, explains that the Tec wants to alter the way the world is and “we’re aware of the great potential we possess for changing it. This is why we’re excited to share the new dreams we consider fundamental to the evolution of our institution and the development of a better society.” The Tec’s proposal states that education must evolve in the face of the most disruptive changes of human activity.
Tecnológico de Monterrey believes it is the duty of educational institutions to develop a vision in line with humanity’s emerging needs, to empower people, and to transform future risks into opportunities. Therefore, VP of Operations Bruno Zepeda says, “we’re always asking ourselves how we can contribute to the development of Mexico and the world through our training and educational purpose (...). The influence we have on different spheres of society is a duty we take very seriously.”
We need leaders who dare to take risks and who are able to mobilize resources to make their vision come true. This requires ethical and conscientious leadership, which bears social impact in mind and inspires others to pursue a common vision that helps them find a meaningful purpose in life.
In a world in which knowledge is being generated exponentially, skills are needed to generate knowledge and translate it into practical solutions that improve people’s quality of life and the planet. Creative individuals are required to achieve this. They must be able to comprehend today’s complex realities and reinvent themselves as well as their surroundings.
Human beings have a tremendous capacity for development and growth. It’s necessary to create tools that allow them to achieve these things in all aspects: physical, intellectual, spiritual, and social. This fulfillment will have a positive impact on people’s surroundings and society.
The 2030 Strategic Plan was based on five global lines of change that are redefining education:
The Tec has defined four lines of action that will enable it to focus its energy on the projects and activities that bring its plans to fruition.
In a world where technology is of increasing importance, the Tec believes that people are and should continue to be at the heart. Not in an individualistic sense, but one in which people are interconnected with their environment and make their skills available to others.
It’s essential to create poles where ideas, resources, and talent converge. That’s why Tecnológico de Monterrey’s 2030 vision encourages an open ecosystem, in which people of all ages, disciplines, and careers can feel free and motivated to approach each other and connect based on their interests and abilities.
The Tec believes that its model must evolve to become a platform that is open, experience-based, and personalized, which separates out the educational elements it offers to develop competencies and abilities.
The institution’s presence in the main areas of Mexico enable it to take part in the transformation of many cities and communities that face important challenges. It’s the duty of Tecnológico de Monterrey to promote sustainable and safe ecosystems for attracting talent and providing the necessary conditions for putting ideas into practice.
All members of Tecnológico de Monterrey will be united through the values they adopt and live by. The five that the institution will exemplify as it approaches 2030 are:
PASSION FOR DISRUPTION THAT GENERATES VALUE.
EXERCISING FREEDOM WITH RESPONSIBILITY.
FULFILLING THE VISION TOGETHER.
ALWAYS PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST.
WORKING TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE WORLD.
This university institution wishes to increase its agility and flexibility, together with its great capacity for empowering people, in order to resolve the dilemmas and challenges mentioned in the 2030 Strategic Plan. To do so, it is already changing the rules on how it operates, questioning and transforming its processes.
“The Tec’s transformation is important not only for us, but also for the many people who will transform society. This constant formation and transformation of good and capable people gives me hope for a better future.”
- Bruno Zepeda,
Vice President of Operations at Tecnológico de Monterrey
“Today’s world is all about change. Any organization that doesn’t change at this pace is on course for extinction. In the case of the Tec, which has all these successes and achievements, our challenge is not to fall into the trap of saying, ‘why change if we’re doing so well?’ What we should do when we achieve our goals is set even higher ones.”
- Salvador Alva,
President of Tecnológico de Monterrey