Monterrey TEC students at the City of Knowledge

Monday, June 4th, marked the formal ceremony and induction day for the first group of graduate students of the Monterrey TEC, who are currently at the City of Knowledge for the purpose of developing field projects in different companies at the International Technopark of the City of Knowledge and Panama City.

The ceremony was attended by Alejandra Bologna, Ambassador of Mexico in Panama, Professor Jorge Arosemena, Executive Director of the City of Knowledge Foundation, Engineer Pedro Adán Gordón, Adviser of the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Panama, Engineer Hannia Muñoz, President of EXATEC Panama, and Arturo Aguilar González, Manager of the Panama TEC de Monterrey, as well as representatives and directors of companies and institutions that receive this years TEC students. The ceremony welcomed the Escuelas Practicas 2012 – a group of 23 students from the campus of Santa Fe, State of Mexico, Chihuahua, Chiapas, Hidalgo, Toluca and León, who will be developing practical academic projects in Panama for the next 6 weeks.

During the afternoon, Monterrey TEC students attended an induction day on the services and facilities of the City of Knowledge by the Infrastructure and Service Department (DIS). Engineer Tomas Paredes, Director of the DIS, stated the mission of the City of Knowledge Foundation to put knowledge at the service of sustainable development in order to achieve a balance between economic, social and environmental factors.

Students from the Monterrey TEC had the opportunity to learn about the Sustainability Policy of the City of Knowledge and the different strategies for becoming a model of urban management. The Foundation’s Master Plan was also described, which establishes the use of the areas that comprise the campus. The presentation dealt with major issues such as waste management, the Sustainable Mobility Plan, urban landscaping, sustainable building and restoration of historic buildings; as well as the environmental, economic, security and health, and community benefits of Green Building. A detailed presentation on LEED certification and the measures being implemented in sustainable buildings at the City of Knowledge was also offered.

During these weeks, students will have the opportunity to see the Panama Canal, and participate in lectures that will give them tools to analyze the political, economic, social and cultural development of Panama and the region. Monterrey TEC will soon open its headquarters at the City of Knowledge and this program helps to achieve its goal of motivating the academic and professional development of its students.

For the City of Knowledge Foundation this constitutes as a very exiting project because it continues the mission of creating a community of knowledge where there used to be a military base.

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