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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
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
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
Internship opportunities for CETYS students in program-related
areas at Honeywell. (Internships are a degree requirement at
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
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.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2013
A Message from Allan E. Goodman
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
IIE Networker - Spring 2013