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UNIVERSITY INITIATIVES THAT PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Promoting International Development by Collaborating with Industry: CETYS University and Honeywell By José Luis Arroyo Pelayo and Fernando León García The partnership between CETYS (Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior) University in Mexicali, Mexico and Honeywell has led to institutional capacity-building, leadership training, workforce development and internationalization. OVER THE YEARS, a strong synergistic and mutually beneficial relationship has developed between CETYS University and Honeywell, a globally recognized leader in engineering and aerospace. CETYS is a private, not-for-profit university founded in 1961 by business and industrial leaders of Baja California, Mexico. CETYS has evolved into a three campus institution serving more than 6,350 students primarily in engineering, business, and the behavioral sciences. At least 30 percent of the most recent graduating classes have had some form of international experience. In 2005, Honeywell was on a worldwide search for the location of a new and unique research and development facility for its aerospace operations. With a 25-year history of manufacturing operations in Mexicali, and thanks to a number of other advantages including its location on the U.S.-Mexico border, the city was included in the search. Honeywell appointed Alfredo Cárdenas to assess the feasibility of meeting the company’s research and development goals for this new operation to be accomplished in Mexicali. During his initial fact-finding visits to Mexicali, Cárdenas met with CETYS faculty and shared facts, statistics and projections on the aerospace industry in the United States and the world, and the role Mexico and Baja California was playing. At the time, Baja California accounted for about 40 percent of the number of aerospace companies in México and more than 50 percent of the sector’s workforce, involved mainly in manufacturing and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) operations. Cárdenas started a design team with two Mexican engineers and by the end of 2005 the group was comprised of 19 people, 10 of whom were CETYS graduates, all of them eager to work on the new challenge of doing design work in a manufacturing community. At the time, there was no aerospace-related academic program offered at any of Baja California’s higher education institutions. Accordingly, Honeywell’s leadership pointed out this challenge and opportunity at a meeting held at CETYS University with representatives from academic institutions, industrial park developers, and government officials. Honeywell decided to work with CETYS on the Mexicali Research and Technology Center. which was officially inaugurated on 2007. In order to support the MRTC’s activities, a formal mutual collaboration agenda was established, and it grew to include: • A Master’s of Science Program in Aerospace Engineering. • A Minor in Aerospace Design for the mechanical engineering bachelor’s program at CETYS. • The “Honeywell Scholarship” for CETYS engineering undergraduates, which supports students for the duration of their academic • • • • • program, and includes internship positions at Honeywell starting in students’ junior year. Honeywell sponsorship of the University’s annual Engineering Symposium, providing speakers and hosting guided visits to their manufacturing facilities each year. Honeywell sponsorship of student teams participating in the Society for Automotive Engineering (SAE) Collegiate Design Series “Aero Design” and “Baja SAE” competitions, providing not only financial support, but mentoring and access to their facility’s resources and equipment. Internship opportunities for CETYS students in program-related areas at Honeywell. (Internships are a degree requirement at CETYS.) A “Master-Sponsored Research Agreement” defined clear rules of engagement and intellectual property ownership. With this in place, a number of joint projects have been developed and in a number of cases, have received financial support from the State and Federal Government. In 2011 CETYS was admitted into the Honeywell Initiative for Science and Engineering (HISE), which includes a group of 12 select universities throughout the world. With this initiative, CETYS and Mexicali’s community enjoyed a full day of interaction with Dr. John L. Hall, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Physics, who gave lectures for researchers, undergraduate and high school students. Additionally, HISE included the Honeywell Innovator Scholarship awarded to a student on an annual basis. 35 http://www.iie.org/iienetworker

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2013

A Message from Allan E. Goodman
News
2013 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education
IIENetworker Minister of Education Interview Series
Higher Education and Diff erent Notions of Development
Advancing Development Through International Partnerships
Developing a Gender Studies Program in Georgia
Higher Education and Community Development
The University of Cologne’s Capacity-Building Project in Myanmar
Promoting International Development by Collaborating with Industry
International Development and Higher Education
Harnessing the Power of Women with Disabilities
Community College Global Partnerships Bring Local Benefi ts
Building vs. Being
Higher Education and Development through Cultural Relations
The Institute of International Education’s Work in Iraq and Myanmar
Re-Envisioning Internationalization
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