Despite recent achievements, Mexico still faces significant obstacles to development. This video briefly discusses some of the main challenges as well as the
Despite recent achievements, Mexico still faces significant obstacles to development. This video briefly discusses some of the main challenges as well as the initial reforms of the new government.
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How does Mexico rank in higher education; that is, in general, is a degree from a Mexican university comparable to a US degreea? is higher education composed of both state sponsored and private institutions?
Hi Don, good question. Mexico has some very good schools but they tend to be smaller and more specialized. The large public universities typically are not all that good. There are definitely both state and private universities--the latter are usually better on average.
As a Mexican I think I can provide some subjective insight. While overall I tend to agree with Robin, I must point that these specialized private universities are mostly focused on humanities and Social Sciences (For example in Economics, Mexico's leading schools are very small -so small that they mostly tend to be classified in international rankings as Think Tanks and not as Universities- CIDE and Colmex which are State sponsored and ITAM which is private. I actually studied at UNAM, I had my personal reasons to choose it, but it is true that those three aforementioned are the better recognized in the international scene). But, and is a big but, If you want a degree in , say, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, you must enroll in a public university (Private Universities mostly do not offer Sciences degrees [At most, they have engineering and medicine schools but not more]).
Overall, Mexico’s best recognized University is its biggest one, UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) which I think is ranked (Along with a Brazilian Public university) as the best in Latin America, and among the 200 best in the world. A great bulk of Mexico's research is done by UNAM. And it hosts (or has hosted) the few Mexicans that have won the Nobel Prize. As a side note, Carlos Slim - world’s richest man- studied Engineering at UNAM.
Besides what Fernando already commented, "Tecnológico de Monterrey" is another relevant player in the education field. It's a private university founded by business men from the northern city of Monterrey, it has one of the two highest patent registry performance (alongside UNAM) and is highly distinguished by its entrepreneurism; it ranks n°2 in Mexico, n°7 in Latin America (2 spots below UNAM) and 306 world wide (UNAM is on the 146). Source: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/latin-american-univer...