Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology

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Group.png Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology  
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HeadquartersMexico City, Mexico
Is considered one of Mexico's (neoliberal) think tanks and has the highest rank of admission to the Mexican Foreign Service

The Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology), commonly known as ITAM, is a private Ph.D.-granting research university. It is one of Mexico's most important institutions of higher learning;[1] highly prestigious in the social sciences; regarded as the best undergraduate Economics, International Relations, Law, and Political Science school in Mexico.[2] Also, it is considered one of Mexico's think tanks and has the highest rank of admission to the Mexican Foreign Service.[3]


It was originally an Economics School and one year later it opened its undergraduate business school. Due to the opening of the Accounting School, the institute grew from 52 students in 1947 to 500 in 1951. In 1963, by government decree, the ITAM was recognized as a “Free University School” and the school added the word "autonomous" to its name. However the inclusion of the word autonomous in its name was not recognized officially by the government until 1985.[4]

During the 1970s new programs were added including Applied Mathematics (1974), Social Science (1975) and a Master of Business Administration (1974). In the 1980s and '90s the additions were: Law (1980), Actuarial Science (1982), Computer Science (1983), Political Science (1991, instead of Social Science), International Relations (1992), Telematics (1993) and Industrial Engineering (1997). During the last decade the academic offer was increased by the establishment of Business Engineering (2004), Financial Management and Mechatronics (2010).

Department of Economics

The ITAM, through this department, offers an education in modern economics, with a considerable emphasis on analytic techniques and economic models, in line with the subjects being taught in economics departments around the world. The Department of Economics has been especially influential. It is a major feeder for Latin American candidates into top international graduate programs, and has played an important role in the economic liberalization process that the Mexican Government started in the mid 1980s; in the last 20 years most of Mexico's Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries of Finance have been either ITAM professors or alumni. The department is ranked as the best Economics school in Mexico, depending on the survey, and one of the Top 75 Economics departments globally.[5]

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science has been considered the leading faculty in the field since the mid 1980s. With the formal change of the major in 1991, the program was adapted to modern American political science, and thus incorporated important tools like mathematics, economics and statistics. The program has since been a tremendous success, becoming a leading school in the subject. This is largely due to the number of students and full-time faculty with PhDs from other leading universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Chicago, Michigan, Princeton, UCLA, UCSD, and Yale.[6][7] Many of its undergraduate students are recruited in the best universities in the United States and Europe and others are employed in the federal and local governments and political parties.

Notable alumni, faculty and staff


Mexican Presidents

Mexican Secretaries of Finance

Other Secretaries in the Mexican Government

Government (others)

  • Francisco del Río, Mexican Ambassador (SEM).
  • Ernesto Céspedes Oropeza, Mexican Ambassador (SEM).
  • Luis Carlos Ugalde, former president of Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute (IFE).
  • Miguel Mancera Aguayo, former Governor of the Bank of Mexico.


Business persons




Some famous faculty members include:


Alumni on Wikispooks

Felipe Calderón8 August 1962WEF/Global Leader for Tomorrow 1997. President of Mexico 2006-2012.
Agustín Carstens9 June 1958MexicoEconomist
Central banker
BIS General Manager
Salomon Chertorivski Woldenberg28 September 1974MexicoPolitician
Mexican Health Minister. Selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.