Founded in 1968 through an agreement between the Jalisco state government and the Mexican Department of Public Education, Guadalajara’s Technical and Industrial Teaching Center, CETI by its acronym in Spanish, is a public educational institution decentralized from the federal government.
It was created with the aim of bolstering regional and national development through excellence and innovation in technology and scientific education. Now ranked as one of Mexico’s top technology institutes, the center specializes in technological subjects with a strong focus on research and innovation.
CETI has three different campuses across the city of Guadalajara. The first is located beside the Colomos forest, a popular park in a central area of the city. The second is found in Tonala, a neighborhood in the southeast of the city best known for its charming markets that are full of rich produce, while the third – and by far the smallest site – is situated on the banks of the Santiago River on the eastern outskirts of the city.
“The aim of the Technical and Industrial Teaching Center is to promote the use of information technology in the process of teaching and learning, which makes this institutional space a means of communication and diffusion between professors and students,” the CETI website states.
“The professor is leaving the traditional teaching role in the classroom in order to become the figure that coordinates and leads everything that happens in the fields of physical and virtual learning,” the university adds. “Their job no longer consists of just giving a class in front of a group, but in facilitating the understanding of the student and ensuring that they learn in a meaningful manner.”
CETI offers thirteen different degree programs, each lasting four years, which follow the French-based Tecnólogo education model. These include software development, electronics and communications, electronic development, automotive mechatronics, total quality control and productivity, and automatic control and instrumentation, among others.
CETI also offers four bachelors of engineering degrees, in software development, electronic design and intelligent systems, mechatronics, and industrial engineering. The university does not currently have any postgraduate study programs.
The university does not have its own foreign exchange program, but it does help its students find grants so that they can take advantage of exchange programs offered by other universities. CETI also encourages its students to represent the university in national and international fairs and competitions.
Certifications and Training
In the course of their studies, CETI students can obtain the CACEI certification from the engineering accreditation board in Mexico, and the ISO 9001:2008 certification in quality management systems.
CETI claims to “contribute to the personal and professional development of its graduates through the creation of effective communication networks and services that generate employment and business opportunities, partnerships and community support.”
The university also has an industrial incubator system that enables students to take advantage of training and consulting services in order to successfully develop their own technology companies.
Every year over 1,000 students graduate from CETI, including approximately 108 with a tecnólogo degree in software development, 95 with a tecnólogo in electronics and communications, and 20 in electronic development. Another 27 graduate each year with a bachelor’s degree in electronic design and intelligent systems, while the bachelor’s degree program for software development is only in its first year of course offerings.
CETI has agreements with dozens of local high-tech firms where many of its graduates find employment, including Continental, Dell, Flextronics, HP, IBM, Compusoluciones, DW IT Services, Latinrep de Mexico, Jabil, Hella and Quantum Productora de Software.
Because CETI is a publically funded university it does not charge tuition fees. However, at the start of each semester students must pay registration fees of 811 pesos (US$54 at today’s exchange rate) if they are studying in a tecnólogo program, or 903 pesos ($60) if they are pursuing a bachelor’s degree.