1 Historical background    

Founded in 1957, the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) is the fruit of several generations of Baja Californians’ continuing efforts.  In the course of its development it undergone many changes, determined by the institution’s responsibility toward the citizens of its home state, in the improvement of whose lives it plays a major role.

Conscious of the vast changes taking place in contemporary society, the University recognizes the immense importance of making itself a learning community in which innovation, constant improvement, equal opportunity and transparency must continually characterize it as the state’s leading educational institution.

Although the UABC is a public institution, it is not administered by the state government, but has the complete legal authority to carry out its crucial functions:  teaching, research, cultural diffusion and community service.

2 Environment

The Baja California peninsula is located at Mexico’s northwest corner, bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the east by the Sea of Cortez. From time immemorial it has been a transit corridor for such indigenous peoples as the Cucapá, Kumiai, Kiliwa, Pai Pai and Cochimí Indians, who have bequeathed to us their ancestral wisdom with its cosmological myths and its world-renowned pictographs. At the end of the fifteenth century, others began to come into the area:  European explorers; Jesuit, Franciscan and Dominican missionaries; fortune hunters; land-grabbing engineers and prospectors; and pioneers from all over the world.  These newcomers saw in this unexploited desert territory the challenge and opportunity of a lifetime.

The state of Baja California, the peninsula’s northern section, today shares a strategically-important border with the United States of America—specifically with California. Our state is a melting-pot of ethnic groups (Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese, North Americans, Russians, Jews, Spaniards, Italians, South Americans, Englishmen, etc.)  Through their combined efforts, these have made Baja California a dynamic and progressive region long occupying a position of leadership in our country’s economic, political, cultural and social development.

Each of the cities and towns of Baja California has its own distinct personality. Ensenada is a port—a research center for marine science, natural sciences and physics. It has a Mediterranean climate, and lies among valleys full of vineyards.

Mexicali is the state capital, the seat of government power.  It boasts a technologically-advanced agricultural valley situated in the very middle of the desert. Today, Mexicali is an industrial center of the first order, and even produces electric power for export.

Rosarito has beautiful, tourist-magnet beaches, and is the Mexican home of Fox film studios, where movies like Titanic and Pearl Harbor were made.

Tecate, home of the brewery of the same name, is a mountain town, situated among the lofty peaks of the Sierra Rumorosa.

Tijuana has the world’s greatest binational, commercial exchange of trans-border traffic, surging between it and the neighboring port city of San Diego.  Present-day Tijuana is also an outstanding cultural center.

3 Research

Baja California is noteworthy for its strategic location next to the United States and alongside the Pacific Ocean, and for possessing the material and intellectual resources needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

In response to the individual needs of the state’s diverse regions, research in conjunction with teaching has from the beginning been a vital part of the UABC’s labors. This circumstance has engendered the formation of numerous research teams, each with well-defined strengths in its own field.

Today, the UABC has a highly-qualified faculty who participate in the creation and application of knowledge, as well as in the education of future teachers and researchers. Undergraduates’ and postgraduate students’ active participation in research promotes the formation of new generations of creative professionals.

Of all the institutions in the state of Baja California, the UABC addresses the broadest gamut of research areas. It touches every field of learning, and distinguishes itself by the contributions of its academic bodies to various areas of knowledge.
Among our university’s most outstanding research and liaison groups are those working in the fields of Natural and Exact Sciences, Technology and Engineering, Economy, Agricultural Sciences and Pedagogy.

 

4 Professional training and educational processes

The UABC has always been typified by the intensity of its academic labors, particularly in curricular work; this has gone through various stages of development. In the early 90s, the university set standards which were embraced by our country’s other universities, and during the first semester of 1993 it pioneered the nation’s first flexible academic plan.

Continuing with this flexible academic plan, at the beginning of 2002 the university launched curriculums based on professional competencies, together with an extensive series of projects such as tutoring systems; professional practice; community and social service linked with the curriculums; the “common trunks”, which are made up of basic educational courses shared by various B.A. curriculums; systematized learning evaluation conducted by specially-trained tutors; and numerous other projects and activities developed for supporting the educational processes.

This broad academic development is demonstrated both in the structure and in the academic and curricular organization of the UABC, and is particularly visible in the following aspects:

  • An educational structure organized into three stages—basic, intermediate and final—in Bachelor’s programs,  Master’s Degrees, and Doctorates.
  • Values formation as the pivot point of the curriculums.
  • The establishment of  “common trunks” shared by curriculums in various areas.
  • Standardization of B.A. and postgraduate programs in the different cities and regional areas.
  • Establishment of requirements regarding subjects, electives and other courses, as well as academic activities for credit.
  • Flexibility of the academic load, based on students’ needs.
  • Promotion of student mobility and academic exchange, on a national and international level.
  • Closer student/teacher relationships through a tutorial system.
  • Associates degrees in various fields.
  • Flexibility, as regarding courses required for graduation.
  • Relevant community liaison by means of such programs as professional practice for undergraduates, curriculum-related community and social service, and work experience.
  • Assignment of credits to activities and projects associated with the degree programs, both in the workplace and in community service.

Using all of the above, the university is seeking to produce students with an up-to-date professional profile, and an attitude of self-directed learning…able, competent, team players…responsible persons who insist upon sharing their attitudes, abilities and knowledge of the workplace in real-life situations, and for the benefit of their community.

5 The UABC’s Educational Model

The UABC’s educational model is the basis for the design and development of all the institution’s academic plans and programs—all their structural content, socio-laborative connections, academic mobility, pedagogical methods and means used in their curriculum subjects and educative modalities—in effect, everything having to do with the orientation and purposes of the work of education.

The model sets forth the theory which forms the basis for the institution’s pedagogical process.  It is rooted in the concept of education as a lifetime process, with a constructivist focus, and with a tendency toward the preservation of universal values. It is also humanist, and puts a value on effort, together with the ongoing pursuit of excellence, communication, responsible participation and leadership founded on academic and professional competencies. It proposes an enterprising, creative and innovative attitude, and encourages plurality, liberty and respect among all its members.  All this emanates from the institution’s mission, which identifies the functions of teaching; research; connection; extension; and creative, holistic institutional administration.

Education as a Lifetime Process

 

Academic
Flexibility

Learner-centered Learning

 

Innovation
Internationalization

Curriculum
Abilities
Values
Service

Connection

 
The objectives of the UABC’s educational model are:

  • The invariable preservation of the student as the center of attention.
  • The complete, holistic education of the student.
  • The promotion of interdisciplinary learning while the learner moves toward specialization.
  • The constant updating of course and curriculum content.
  • The promotion of student mobility and exchange programs.
  • The elimination of estrangement between the university and the surrounding society.

All these objectives are grouped under the unifying educational model of the UABC, in accord with its functions and its formative stages and levels, as shown in the following chart:

 

Postgraduate
Studies

Basic Research

Professionalization

 

Professional
Studies

Professional Social Service

Extension courses

 

Research, service and technological development

Associates Degrees

Professional Practice

 

Basic Studies

Community and Social Service

Languages, Culture and Sports

Values Formation

“Common Trunk”
Courses

    
New Students

 

6 Mission

To contribute to the creation of a society which is fairer, more democratic, more equitable and more respectful toward its environment through:

The education, training, and updating of first-rate, autonomous, discerning, innovative  professionals having the high sense of ethics and social responsibility needed for their development as fully-mature citizens, able to meet challenges in creative ways today and in the future.

The generation of scientific and humanistic knowledge, as well as technological applications relevant to the feasible development of the state.

The creation, development and diffusion of cultural values and artistic expressions for the enrichment of life in Baja California, our country and our world.

7 International Alliance and Academic Exchange

One of the UABC’s institutional objectives is to promote connection and cooperation with other universities in Mexico and abroad, thereby gaining a greater presence on the international academic scene   as well as strengthening itself academically.  The means of accomplishing this goal is the establishment of  agreements which make exchange programs available for its teachers and students.

The UABC has drawn up and signed more than 250 agreements with universities in Mexico and in Europe, the United States, Canada and Latin America. Among the programs and agencies with which it collaborates are Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education (SEP), Secretariat of Foreign Relations (SRE),  National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUIES), National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Advancement Program for Teachers (PROMEP); the Organization of American States (OEA); and France’s Secretariat of Public Education/ National Electronic, Information and Radiocommunications School of Higher Education of Bordeaux (SEP-ENSEIRB).

Moreover, it carries out activities supported by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation (AECI);  the European Union Program of Higher Education Scholarships for Latin America (ALBAN); Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas (LAS-PAU); Fullbright-Garcia Robles Scholarships; The Carolina Foundation Mexico; Santander Scholarships; the Central Hispanic University of Salamanca; Miguel de Cervantes Scholarships for Latin Americans, Alcala de Henares University; the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC); the Institute for Mexico and the United States (MEXUS); the California Institute for Mexico and the United States (CAMEXUS); the University of California - Institute for Mexico and the United States - National Council of Science and Technology (UC-MEXUS-CONACYT;  the Interamerican University Organization (OUI); the British Council; The Mexican Secretariat of Education – Peace Scholarship Trust – IDP Education Australia (IDP); the German Service of Academic Interchange (DAAD); and the Latin American Piedmont Polytechnic University of Turin (ALPIP Politécnico de Turin).

 

Autonomous University of Baja California
Ab. Obregón y Julián Carrillo s/n
Col. Nueva. C.P. 21100, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Switchboard:  (686) 551-8222
Rectory (686) 553-4461 and (686) 553-4682

Ensenada Vice-rectory (646) 174-5405 Ÿ Mexicali Vice-rectory (686) 566-0915 Ÿ Tijuana Vice-rectory (664) 682-1075

http://www.uabc.mx

 Educational Programs

Ensenada Campus

School of Science
http://webfc.ens.uabc.mx/
-Biology
-Physics
-BS in Applied Mathematics
-BS in Computer Science
-Master’s Degree in Management
 of Arid Zone Ecosystems
-Master’s Degree in Information
and Communication Technology

 

 College of Marine Science

http://oceanologia.ens.uabc.mx/
-Oceanography
-Postgraduate course in Biological
 Oceanography
-Master’s Degree and Doctorate in
 Coastal Oceanography

College of Engineering
http://vivi.ens.uabc.mx/~siete/index.php
-Topographical and Geodetic
Engineering
-Civil Engineering
-Computer Engineering
-Electrical Engineering
-Electronic Engineering
-Mechanical Engineering
-Industrial Engineering
-Chemical Engineering
-Mechatronic Engineering
-Master’s Degree in Englineering

College of Administrative and Social Science
http://www.ens.uabc.mx/ecaframe.htm
-BA in Accounting
-BA in Business Administration
-BA in Informatics
-BA in Sociology
-BA in Communication
-BA in Education Science
-BA in Psychology
-BA in Law
-Master’s Degree in Administration
-Master’s Degree and Doctorate in
 Global Studies

Mexicali Campus

College of Architecture
http://arquitecture.mxl.uabc.mx
-Architecture
-BA in Industrial Design
-BA in Graphic Design
-Master’s Degree in
 Architecture

College of Law
http://derecho.mxl.uabc.mx
-BA in Law

College of Pedagogy
http://www.uabc.mx/pedagogia
-BA, Mathematics Education
-BA, Language and Literature
Education
-BA, Psychopedagogical
Counseling

College of Accounting and Administration
http://www.uabc.mx/fca/
-BA in Accounting
-BA in Business
Administration
-BA in International Business
-BA in Informatics:
Accounting Assistant,
Assistant Human Resources
Administrator
-Informatics Applications
Programmer
-Postgraduate Course:
Specialist in Management of
Financial,  Fiscal and Human
Resources
-Master’s Degree in
 Administration
-Master’s Degree in
 Accounting

 

College of Engineering
http://ingenieria.uabc.mx /~siete/index.php
-Topographical and Geodetic
Engineering
-Civil Engineering
-Computer Engineering
-Electrical Engineering
-Electronic Engineering
-Mechanical Engineering
-Industrial Engineering
-Chemical Engineering
-Mechatronic Engineering
Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering

College of Humanities
http://fch.mxl.uabc.mx/
-BA in Education Science
-BA in Psychology
-BA in Communication Science
-BA in Sociology
-Master’s Degree in Communication
-Master’s Degree in Social
Studies and Projects

College of Nursing
http://www.uabc.mx/enfermeria/
-BA in Nursing
-Associate in Nursing

Research Institute of Veterinary Science
http://www.uabc.mx/iicv/
-Veterinary Medicine and
Zootechnology
-Master’s Degree in Veterinary Science
-Doctorate in Agricultural
 Science

College of Medicine
http://fmed.mxl.uabc.mx/
-Doctor of Medicine

College of Dentistry
http://www.uabc.mx/odontologia/
-Dental Surgeon
-Master’s Degree in Dental
 Sciences


Ensenada  (cont.)

School of Health Science
-Doctor of Medicine

School of Physical Education, Ensenada Branch
http://deportes.uabc.mx
-BA in Sports and Physical Education

College of Languages
http://www.uabc.com/idiomas/
-BA in Language Teaching

School of the Arts
http://www.uabc.mx/artes
-BA in Music

School of Enology and Gastronomy
-BA in Gastronomy
-Specialist in Viticulture and
Enology

Mexicali (cont.)

College of Social and Political Science
http://fcsyp.mxl.uabc.mx/
-BA in Public Administration
and Political Science
-BA in International Relations
-Master’s Degree in Public
Administration
-Master’s Degree and Doctorate
in Global Development Studies

School of Physical Education
http://deportes.uabc.mx
-BA in Sports and Physical
Education

School of the Arts
http://www.uabc.mx/artes
-BA in Plastic Arts
-BA in Dance

College of Languages
http://www.uabc.com/idiomas/
-BA in Language Teaching
-BA in Translation of the
English Language
-Associate in Translation,
English-Spanish

Institute of Agricultural Science
http://ica.mxl.uabc.mx/
-Agronomical and
Zootechnical Engineering
-Agronomical Engineering
-Master’s Degree in Animal Production Systems
-Master’s Degree in
 Agricultural Science
-Doctorate in Animal
 Husbandry


Tijuana Campus

College of Law
http://derecho.tij.uabc.mx
-BA in Law

College of Medicine
http://medicina.ens.uabc.mx/
-Doctor of Medicine
-BA in Psychology

College of Languages
http://www.uabc.mx/idiomas/
-BA in Language Teaching

College of Chemical Science and Engineering
http://fcsyp.mxl.uabc.mx/
-Topographic and Geodetic
Engineering
-Civil Engineering
-Computer Engineering
-Electrical Engineering
-Electronic Engineering
-Mechanical Engineering
-Industrial Engineering
-Chemical Engineering
-Mechatronic Engineering
-Industrial Chemistry
-Pharmacobiological Chemistry

College of Economy and International Relations
http://fca/tij.uabc.mx/
-BA in Economics
-BA in International Relations
-Master’s Degree in Economic Science
-Doctorate in Economic Science

School of Humanities
http://fcsyp.mxl.uabc.mx/
-BA in Spanish American
Language and Literature
-BA in History
-BA in Philosophy
-BA in Communication
-BA in Sociology

 

College of Accounting and Administration
http://fca.tij.uabc.mx//
-Public Accountant
-BA in Business
Administration
-BA in Informatics
-BA in International Business
-Master’s Degree in General
 Administration

School of Physical Education
http://deportes.uabc.mx
-BA in Sports and Physical
Education

School of the Arts
http:www.uabc.mx/artes
-BA in Plastic Arts
-BA in Theater

College of Tourism and Technical Marketing
-BA in Tourism
-BA in Technomarketing
-Master’s Degree in Technomarketing
-Master’s Degree in Administration

College of Dentistry
http://odontologia/.tij.uabc.mx/
-Dental Surgeon
-Oral Radiologist
-Dental Laboratory Technician
-Dental Assistant

Tecate Division

School of Engineering and Business
http:www.uabc.mx/uabc/uniacad/
tecate/escing.html
-Industrial Engineering
-Mechatronic Engineering
-BA in Accounting
-BA in Business Administration

 

Student Services

Sports, cultural activities, and the arts are understood as a fundamental part of the holistic education of the student.  Sports facilities and programs permit participation in athletic activities for recreation or for competition; individually, or as part of a team, for credit.

Cultural and humanistic education is reinforced by several modalities with curricular value. Here, students participate in a variety of programs in facilities such as theaters, art galleries, museums, and university radio and television stations. There are workshops and groups in dance, theater, music, sculpture, painting, and so forth—all testifying to the region’s dynamic, trans-frontier cultural life.

Special programs provide graduates and the community at large with access to the sports and cultural facilities.

As a degree requirement, Mexico asks that its university students donate a specified number of hours to professional practice, and to community service.  The projects designed for the completion of these requirements, and for research during the final stages of the curriculums, are learning strategies aimed at connecting the students with the public and private sectors of the society in which they live. The UABC has created a network of Business Research and Development Centers linked with regional business organizations.  In answer to the needs of the productive sector, and as a means of improving students’ ability to function in a business environment, these organizations avail themselves of the UABC’s research capacity.
vinculamxl@uabc.mx, vinculatij@uabc.mx,
vinculaens@uabc.mx

University Scholarship System.  In order to help those students who have a high academic level, but an unfavorable socioeconomic profile, the UABC offers ten different types of scholarships, repayable, and non-repayable:  Prorroga (Student Loan), Credito (Credit), Patrocinio (Sponsorship), Promedio (Gradepoint Average), Merito escolar (Valedictorian), Research, Sports, Arts, Compensation and Vinculación (Liaison). Also, the institution is the channel through which students many apply for the Pronabes Scholarship, offered jointly by the federal and state governments. During 2004, one out of every six UABC students benefited from one of  these financial aids.
http://uabc.mx/transparencia/legislacionuabc/inicial.htm

Student accident insurance.  This insurance covers on- and off-campus accidents related to an authorized school activity, and falling within the terms of the insurance policy. There is specified a maximum amount to be paid for benefits.
http://www.uabc.mx/csege

            Medical insurance.  Mexican students not covered under the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) may receive a limited range of IMSS services through a special insurance plan set up by Presidential agreement.
http://www.uabc.mx/csege

            Student societies.  In each academic unit of our university the students are organized into a student society, which is, in turn, part of the State Council of Student Societies (CESA). With the goals of academic, cultural, athletic and recreational achievement, the societies engage in the presentation and promotion of programs and activities for the mutual benefit of themselves and the school.

Library services.  Students have access to the state’s network of 14 university libraries. These libraries share an online catalog called Cimarron, by means of which books, films, data bases and other available resources may be located through the Internet.

The UABC is equipped with computer centers on each of its campuses, as well as computer laboratories in each academic unit.

The libraries themselves contain reading rooms, photocopier service, study cubicles, and classrooms for on-campus and distance learning.

Research

Today, when governments are emphasizing research as an propulsive influence in a society where two facets—knowledge and the economy—are of utmost importance, the UABC confronts new environmental challenges through a specialized infrastructure and competitive research groups. Because of the excellence of its research contributions, 100 members of the University’s academic personnel now belong to the National Research System (SNI, its Spanish acronym).  These individuals form a vital part of the human resources which support the doctorates and M.S. programs oriented toward research.

In carrying out its mission, the UABC has thus far developed 414 research projects. These projects are distributed as follows among investigational fields: Natural and Exact Sciences, 43%; Health Sciences, 9%; Humanities and Education Sciences, 10%; Social Sciences, 6%; Agri-business, 10%; Engineering and Technological Sciences, 17%; and Economic and Administration Sciences, 5%.

In our university, the process of generating knowledge is an important part of the education of both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  These participate as scholarship recipients, as well as in preparing their theses as part of the institution’s research projects.

Interinstitutional collaboration and a connection with the environment are characteristic of our projects. These are frequently carried out in partnership with personnel from other institutions in Mexico and in other countries, in answer to a growing demand for knowledge. Contracts with various sectors of the community broaden our contact with those who use the knowledge generated.

In response to the diversity of regional needs, specialized research groups have been formed on each of the UABC campuses. These groups have made valuable contributions by generating knowledge applicable to each of our state’s geographical areas.  The Ensenada campus is outstanding for its large, dynamic group of researchers in the area of oceanography, as well as in biodiversity and educational science.  On the campus of the vigorous city of Tijuana, the principal lines of research have to do with the fields of economy, software development and health studies.  In contrast, research on the campus belonging to the agricultural valley and industrial city of Mexicali is distinguished by its work in animal husbandry, and by studies in technology and engineering.

Academic Exchange

International Alliance and Academic Exchange programs

The management of cooperation and exchange is handled by the main Department of International Alliance and Academic Exchange in Mexicali, together with the Departments of International Alliance and Academic Exchange on each of the several UABC campuses.
http://www.uabc.mx/cciia/

For the purpose of reinforcing the academic experiences of those in the fields of teaching and research, the UABC has strongly supported exchange activities between itself and other Mexican universities, as well as universities in Canada, the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. UABC participants  are to be found on those university campuses, and academic visitors from those universities are to be found on ours.

This mobility enriches the students’ learning experience by allowing them to work in other, different, environments and venues. Participation is limited to those activities offering credit recognition and transference. Students from the UABC and other Mexican universities, as well as those from Canada, the USA, Central America, South America and Europe, have participated in these activities.

The establishment of inter-institutional cooperation agreements is another task of the Department of International Alliance and Academic Exchange.  Already in existence are more than 250 agreements regulating every activity the UABC carries out in conjunction with another university.  These agreements provide a legal framework for the implementation of new study programs and means of accreditation, such as double and triple majors, as found in the universities of Canada, the United States and Chile.