Autonomous University of Nuevo León Mission Statement
The Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL, by its Spanish abbreviation) is a public institution, committed to society and its mission is the formation of high school graduates, technicians, professionals, university teachers and researchers capable of performing efficiently in the knowledge society; possessing a broad sense of life and with full awareness of the regional, national and global situation; who apply university principles and values, are committed to the sustainable, economic, scientific, technological and cultural development of humanity; They are innovative and competitive, achieve their personal development and contribute to the progress of the country in the international context. Generates social, scientific and humanistic knowledge as an activity that allows timely attention to the various problems of society as a whole, as well as ensure and permanently improve the quality of university education. It extends the benefits of university education, encourages artistic creation in its various forms of expression, engages the community in this type of activity and contributes to the preservation of heritage and the national and universal cultural heritage.
School of Agronomy Mission Statement
- Training socially responsible professionals and researchers, world class, competitive in the area of agri-food sciences, with a sustainable approach, entrepreneurs, with leadership, attitude towards interdisciplinary work, communication skills, with university values and attributes.
- The generation and dissemination of pertinent, relevant and cutting-edge knowledge in the area of agri-food sciences.
- The link with the agri-food sector through: research, conservation of resources, extension and provision of competitive professional services.
Educational Program Mission Statement
The formation of Agricultural Engineers competent in the improvement and development of the plant and animal production systems, towards the production, transformation, commercialization of inputs and agricultural products with a sustainable approach with a high sense of social and scientific responsibility, with holistic vision and a positive attitude towards interdisciplinary work favoring the increase of the production of the agroecosystems and to improve the standard of living of the producers.
The dissemination of this information is broad and sufficient, since it is published on the web pages of the school and the UANL. Likewise, it is contained in the promotional brochures of the AE program; which are given to interested students during the promotion events (Fair of Professional Information) organized by the UANL and in informative and promotional visits to high school.
Program Educational Objectives
Within 3 to 5 years of graduating from the Agricultural Engineer program, graduates are expected to achieve one or more of the following milestones:
- Application of agronomic fundamentals to improve productive efficiency in the work activity that they perform.
- Identify the problems occurred in their professional activity and solve them applying the scientific method.
- Design sustainable production systems, based on quality and safety standards, which face the challenges to the demand of agricultural products for the national and international market.
- Show attitude to adapt with a high sense of responsibility, to technological, labor, social, ecological and cultural changes, as well as interest in professional and personal improvement.
These objectives were analyzed, discussed and approved by the AE program External Advisory Board that was established on June 16, 2018.
Consistency of the Program Educational Objectives with the Mission of the Institution
The objectives of the AE educational program and the UANL mission are consistent in that both have as a fundamental premise the training of integral professionals with the distinction of being technically competitive and socially responsible, for which it offers:
- Relevant training: Provide your graduates with sufficient knowledge and significant learning related to agricultural activities that allow them to develop efficiently in their professional field, by contributing to the improvement of their productivity.
- Scientific and methodological preparation: Instruct students to identify problems that limit the productive efficiency of agricultural production systems; scientifically generating solutions that improve their productive efficiency.
- Induction to social responsibility: Sensitize in ecological, economic and social sustainability standards, which allow it to generate technological innovations to cover the growing demand of agricultural products, having a high sense of respect for the physical environment, generating variants that cause the least environmental and biotic impact adverse possible; as well as, consider the social and cultural environment of your work area, to be successful in the adoption of the generated options.
The constituencies that participate in the development of the educational program are
The population variation of students enrolled in the AE program is shown in Table 2.1, considering as a basic level of training from the first to the third semester, from the fourth to the sixth semester as an intermediate level and as a final training level, from the seventh to the ninth semester. In the previous school term, january-june 2018, there was a registry of 465 students of which: 44% (203) were registered in the basic level of training, 37% (173) in the middle level and the remaining 19 % (89) at the final training level. With regard to the percentage distribution by gender, it was recorded that 304 (66%) corresponded to the male gender and 161 (34%) were female.(Table 2.1)
In the last school period January-June 2018, 50 professors participated in the program, of which 58% are full-time professors of the School of Agronomy, the remaining 42% are part-time professors. All full-time professors have postgraduate studies in areas of specialization related to agricultural production; 42% have a master’s degree and 58% have a doctor’s degree. (Table 2.2)
c) AE program External Advisory Board
The external advisory board is made up of eight recognized prestige members in agricultural production representing the following sectors:
- Agricultural business
- Governmental agencies
- Livestock business.
- Livestock service companies
- Agricultural equipment companies
Process for Review of the Program Educational Objectives
The objectives of the Agricultural Engineer Program were defined by the respective Quality Committee, which were derived from the content of its Mission, which were defined by the members of the External Advisory Board after its analysis, discussion and approval. According to the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL) Educational and Academic Model, the educational programs of the UANL and its objectives should be reviewed every five years and based on the opinions of students, professors, graduates, employers, academies, experts, external evaluation bodies and considering the international educational trends, to define processes of redesigning their curriculums, which must be supervised, advised and sanctioned by the corresponding organism of the University.