Universidad del Valle de México

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Universidad del Valle de México
UValleMexico Logo.jpg
Motto "Forever responsible for what has been cultivated"
Established November 16, 1960
Rector Bernando Gonzalez Aréchiga
Students +100,000 (approx.)
Location Mexico City, Mexico.
Mascot Lynx
Website [1]

The Universidad del Valle de México (University of the Mexican Valley) or UVM (acronym in Spanish) is a private Mexican university founded in Mexico City in 1960. UVM enrolls students at several campuses throughout Mexico and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of Medicine, Engineering, Business, and Law, among others. The institution has the highest accreditations from the Mexican Department of Education, as well as FIMPES and COPAES accrediting boards.


As a response to the developmental needs of the country, and to the demand for well-prepared professionals, a group of academics and entrepreneurs formed by José Ortega Romero, Ignacio Guerra Pellegaud, Alejandro Pearson, Salvador Camillieri, Jorge Malo and Manuel Olivar, founded the Universidad del Valle de México, as a private alternative for the formation of professionals that Mexico needed.

UVM started classes on November 16, 1960 under the name of Harvard Institution. With a population of 212 students, 23 professors and 14 administrators, with degrees in Public Accounting and Business Administration, as well as grades 1 through 12. Not long after, it was decided to concentrate the institution's efforts in higher education and preparatory school.

After years of intense labor,[citation needed] the institution consolidated itself, and since 1968 it holds the name of "Universidad del Valle de México". It is important to point out that during that year, during the student movement, the institution lived through moments of crisis[citation needed], and the one to stay confident and create the educative project was José Ortega Romero[citation needed].

Since that year, the university has experienced a series of transformations due to its accelerated growth, bringing changes in its organizational structure, and the opening of more academic programs.

After 1976 the university started its expansion with the opening of different campuses located strategically in Mexico City, its metropolitan area and the rest of the country.


UVM in numbers[edit]

The total area of all of the campuses adds up to 226,043 m2 of buildings and other construction on a surface area of 853,459 m2 of land. Today, UVM has over 74,000 students, over 6,000 teachers and more than 3,700 administration officers.


UVM has the firm commitment to educate youth seeking a balance in scientific, technological and cultural approaches towards the social needs not only of the country but of today’s globalized world, as well as the search for truth and the common well-being, all founded on the institutional philosophy and education model.


Universidad del Valle de México sees itself as an educational institution of national prestige with international connections.[citation needed] It is competitive[citation needed] due to its educational model, and its proactive, prospective, flexible and innovative character[citation needed].

It also guarantees a social relevance by its graduates' training as quality,[citation needed] integral and competitive individuals[citation needed], providers of knowledge and abilities[citation needed], with a decisive leadership attitude[citation needed] and committed to the search for truth and common well-being.[citation needed]


The values that UVM has set as the base of its educational, social and moral mision, and that will always be recognized and applied by its community are:


The immortality of the spirit, despite spirits dying quite frequently, the force of life, which is fleeting, and extreme values, which aren't present in non-sentient animals, are distinctive characteristics of the lynx[citation needed], a mascot that symbolizes the qualities of the members of the community. Among its most important qualities are an acute mind and sagacity. Due to its agile and coordinated movements, the Lynx can anticipate danger with opportunity, knows the importance of teamwork and knows how to be a leader (even though the lynx is not a pack animal), keeping a steady pace towards its planned objective.


The motto Por siempre responsable de lo que se ha cultivado. ("Forever responsible for what has been cultivated.") means that Universidad del Valle de México is a fertile soil where people committed with sustainable development acquire the responsibility with no time or space limitations to first receive the seeds that society entrusts them with to grow, and after, to harvest the crop so that these fruits are equally committed to mankind acknowledging that:

  • People committed in the sustainable development are chiefs, governors, directors, administrators and teachers.[citation needed]
  • Sustainable development is that which allows men’s progress without detriment of others or the environment.[citation needed]
  • Our responsibility to and for the community is here today, and tomorrow anywhere.[citation needed]
  • Seeds are the students who are guided throughout their learning.[citation needed]
  • Fruits are those alumni who acquired and will continue their university’s commitment.[citation needed]


UVM in Santiago de Querétaro

UVM has 37 campuses throughout the country, including nine locations in Mexico City, and twenty six throughout central and southern Mexico.

Mexico City

Academic programs[edit]

UVM offers degree programs in a wide array of fields and professional disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate programs typically require between four and five years to complete, while graduate programs typically span two years. UVM’s programs are:

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 19°17′48″N 99°08′41″W / 19.2968°N 99.1448°W / 19.2968; -99.1448