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Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

The Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology), commonly known as ITAM, is a private Ph.D.-granting research university. It is one of Mexico’s most important institutions of higher learning;[1] highly prestigious in the social sciences and regarded as the best undergraduate Accounting, Business, Economics, International Relations, Law, and Political Science school in Mexico;[2] and the best business school in Latin America.[3] Also, it is considered one of Mexico's think tanks and has the highest rank of admission to the Mexican Foreign Service.[4]

Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Logo ITAM.svg
Former names
Mexico Institute of Technology
Motto"Por un México más libre, más justo y más próspero."
Motto in English
"For a freer, fairer and more prosperous Mexico."
RectorArturo Fernández Pérez
Academic staff
Students5,000 (undergraduates and graduates)
Location, ,
ColoursDark green     



It was originally an Economics School and one year later it opened its undergraduate business school. Due to the opening of the Accounting School, the institute grew from 52 students in 1947 to 500 in 1951. In 1963, by government decree, the ITAM was recognized as a “Free University School” and became autonomous (hence its name). However the inclusion of the word autonomous in its name was not recognized by the government until 1985.[5]

During the 1970s new programs were added including Applied Mathematics (1974), Social Science (1975) and a Master of Business Administration (1974). In the 1980s and '90s the additions were: Law (1980), Actuarial Science (1982), Computer Science (1983), Political Science (1991, instead of Social Science), International Relations (1992), Telematics (1993) and Industrial Engineering (1997). During the last decade the academic offer was increased by the establishment of Business Engineering (2004), Financial Management and Mechatronics (2010).


During its first four years the ITAM was originally located in a house in Mexico City's centro in 518 La Palma street. In 1950 the institute moved to 65 Serapio Rendón street in the Colonia San Rafael. During the late 50’s it moved once more to a new building built specially for the institute at the corner of Marina Nacional street and Lago Zirahuen street in the Colonia Anáhuac. Finally, in 1978, ITAM moved to its current campus in 1 Río Hondo, in San Ángel. In 1991 the smaller graduate school campus, in 939 Camino Santa Teresa, was opened.[6]

Administration and organizationEdit


During its 60 years ITAM has had eight rectors:

  • Arturo Fernández Pérez, (1992 to date).
  • Javier Beristain Iturbide, (1972–1991).
  • Antonio Carrillo Flores, (1971–1972).
  • Joaquín Gómez Morín, (1968–1971).
  • Enrique Moreno de Tagle, (1967–1968).
  • Gustavo Petricioli Iturbide, (1967).
  • Agustín de la Llera, (1952–1967).
  • Eduardo García Máynez, (1946–1951).

Academic divisions (schools)Edit

Today the institute has 38 academic programs dependent organized on 5 academic divisions, subdivided in 14 academic departments (equivalent to Schools).[7] The academic programs include Licenciaturas and Ingenierias (equivalent to B.A., B.Sc. and LL.B.), as well as Masters (M.A., MBA and M.Sc.) and a Ph.D. program.

Academic Division of Economics, Law and Social Sciences (School of Economics, Law and Social Sciences)Edit

This division is in charge of:

  • B.A./B.Sc. in Economics
  • B.A. in Political Science
  • LL.B.
  • M.A. in Economics (Applied Economics)
  • M.A. in Human Rights
  • M.Sc. in Economic Theory
  • Ph.D. in Economics
Department of EconomicsEdit

The ITAM, through this department, offers an education in modern economics, with a considerable emphasis on analytic techniques and economic models, in line with the subjects being taught in economics departments around the world. The Department of Economics has been especially influential. It is a major feeder for Latin American candidates into top international graduate programs, and has played an important role in the economic liberalization process that the Mexican Government started in the mid 1980s; in the last 20 years most of Mexico's Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries of Finance have been either ITAM professors or alumni. The department is ranked as the best Economics school in Mexico, depending on the survey, and one of the Top 75 Economics departments globally.[8][9]

Department of Political ScienceEdit

The Department of Political Science has been considered the leading faculty in the field since the mid 1980s. With the formal change of the major in 1991, the program was adapted to modern American political science, and thus incorporated important tools like mathematics, economics and statistics. The program has since been a tremendous success, becoming a leading school in the subject. This is largely due to the number of students and full-time faculty with PhDs from other leading universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Chicago, Michigan, Princeton, UCLA, UCSD, and Yale.[10][11] Many of its undergraduate students are recruited in the best universities in the United States and Europe and others are employed in the federal and local governments and political parties.[10]

Academic Division of Management and Accountancy (Business School)Edit

The division is in charge of:

  • B.A. in Business Administration.
  • B.A. in Public Accountancy and Financial Strategy.
  • B.A. in Financial Management.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA).
  • Executive MBA.
  • M.A. in International Management.
  • M.A. in Management Sciences.
  • M.A. in Marketing.
  • M.A. in Accountancy.
  • M.Sc. in Finances.

Academic Division of Actuarial Science, Mathematics and Statistics (School of Actuarial, Mathematics and Statistics Sciences)Edit

The division is in charge of:

  • B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics.
  • B.Sc. in Actuarial Science.
  • M.Sc. in Risk Management.
  • M.Sc. in Data Science.
Department of MathematicsEdit

The Department of Mathematics at ITAM consists of full-time researchers with graduate degrees who follow active research lines and publish in internationally renowned journals. The department has also participated in the global mathematics community by hosting several international applied mathematics conferences over the years. Its main strengths lie in numerical analysis, financial mathematics, stochastic processes, real analysis and dynamic systems applied to the social sciences.[12] Both BSc programs it maintains have been hugely successful in providing high level technical skills to its students, which often obtain graduate degrees abroad in Math, Finance, Economics, Statistics and Operations Research.

Academic Division of General and International Studies (School of General and International Studies)Edit

This division is in charge of:

  • B.A. in International Relations.
Department of International StudiesEdit

The Department of International Studies is one of the main research centers of diplomatic studies in Mexico and Latin America.[13] It also coordinates the Institute of European Integration Studies (IEIE) and the Inter-American Studies Center (CEPI). Also, ITAM publishes the Latin American edition of Foreign Affairs, the American journal of international relations, and has the highest rank of admission to the Mexican Foreign Service (SEM).

Department of General StudiesEdit

Despite being known for as a technocratic education center, ITAM has maintained a large group of faculty devoted to the study of Philosophy, History, Religion and Society in its Department of General Studies. This department provides the bulk of the teaching for the core courses at ITAM: History, Philosophy and Problems of the Current Society. This department edits a journal by the name of Estudios which contains mostly essays by Mexican philosophers and historians.

Academic Division of Engineering (School of Engineering)Edit

This division is in charge of:

  • B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering.
  • B.Sc. in Computer Science.
  • B.Sc. in Telematics.
  • B.Sc. in Business Engineering (jointly with the Business School).
  • B.Sc. in Mechatronics.
  • M.Sc. in Information Technologies and Management.


The Institute is proud of teaching humanities and philosophical courses inside every major, this with the objective of developing a higher sense of ethics even with majors like economics and business management.[14]


All the programs at ITAM are officially accredited by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP). In 2005 ITAM Business School became the first in Mexico to hold simultaneous accreditation of its programs by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) of the United States, the Association of MBAs of the United Kingdom and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Since 2009 the Computer Science and Industrial Engineering B.S. degrees have been accredited by ABET.[15]


ITAM has 239 professors and researchers, 85 percent of whom are full-time professors. 90 percent of the faculty have a graduate degree and 68 percent have a PhD. Furthermore, 20 percent of the professors are part of Sistema Nacional de Investigadores.[16]

International ProgramsEdit

ITAM is currently collaborating with SciencesPo in the ITAM/SciencePo Bachelor in International Relations dual program; the Tulane University in the ITAM/Tulane Executive MBA Program and the ITAM/Tulane Global Master in Business Administration; the Illinois Institute of Technology in the ITAM/IIT Master in Information Technologies and Management; the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in the ITAM/UAB Master in European Integration; the Florida International University in the ITAM/FIU Master in Accountancy.[17]

Honoris Causa degreesEdit

Some of the Honoris Causa degrees awarded by the ITAM include:


As a research university, ITAM has several centers dedicated to economics, law, political science, foreign affairs and business. Some include:[18]

  • Centro de Análisis e Investigación Económica (CAIE) - Research on Mexican economy
  • Centro de Economía Aplicada y de Políticas Públicas (CEAPP) - Public policy research
  • Centro de Estadística Aplicada - Applied Statistics
  • Centro de Estudios de Competitividad (CEC) - Competition research
  • Centro de Estudios de Derecho Privado - Private law
  • Centro de Estudios de Derecho Público - Public law
  • Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos (CEPI) - Inter-American studies
  • Centro de Evaluación Socioeconómica de Proyectos (CESP) - Socioeconomic project analysis
  • Centro Internacional para la Investigación en Pensiones - Pension research
  • Centro de Investigación Económica (CIE) - Basic economic research
  • Instituto de Estudios de la Integración Europea (IEIE) - "Research for European Integration and Relations with Latin America" [19]
  • Proyecto sobre Filantropía y Sociedad Civil - "Project on Philanthropy and Civil Society"[20]

Notable alumni, faculty and staffEdit


Mexican Presidents

Mexican Secretaries of Finance

Other Secretaries in the Mexican Government

Government (others)

  • Francisco del Río, Mexican Ambassador (SEM).
  • Ernesto Céspedes Oropeza, Mexican Ambassador (SEM).
  • Luis Carlos Ugalde, former president of Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute (IFE).
  • Miguel Mancera Aguayo, former Governor of the Bank of Mexico.


Business persons



Some famous faculty members include:


  1. ^ "TOP (2009) mejores Universidades México (El Universal y otros)". El Universal. 2007. pp. Section Universidades.
  2. ^ "Las Mejores Universidades 2007–2008". Reforma. 2008. pp. Section Universitarios, p. 1. (Full web access requires payment).
  3. ^ "Las mejores escuelas de negocios de América Latina" (PDF). AméricaEconomía. 2010. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Autonomía Educativa. Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine Acerca del ITAM.
  6. ^ Campi. Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine Acerca del ITAM.
  7. ^ Departamentos Académicos. Acerca del ITAM.
  8. ^ Acerca del Departamento. Departamento de Economía, ITAM.
  9. ^ "Rankings of Academic Journals and Institutions in Economics". European Economic Association. p. 1358. CiteSeerX Missing or empty |url= (help)
  10. ^ a b Licenciatura en Ciencia Política. Licenciaturas e Ingenierías.
  11. ^ Acerca del Departamento. Departamento de Ciencia Política, ITAM.
  12. ^ Acerca del Departamento. Departamento de Matemáticas, ITAM.
  13. ^ Acerca del Departamento. Departamento de Estudios Internacionales, ITAM.
  14. ^ Filosofía Educativa. ¿Por qué el ITAM?
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  16. ^ Facultad. Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
  17. ^ Oficina de Intercambio Académico. Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
  18. ^
  19. ^
  20. ^ Proyecto de Filantropía y Sociedad Civil

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