The University Centre of Economic and Managerial Sciences (Spanish: Centro Universitario de Ciencias Económico-Administrativas) often abbreviated as CUCEA is the division of the University of Guadalajara where higher education related to Economics, Management and complementary sciences in the relevant fields is provided. The centre has 19 buildings, 169 classrooms for regular lessons, 16 classrooms for PhD programmes and 4 fully equipped auditoriums that altogether can hold more than 900 people.
It also has a "governmental and decision making room" where the academical body gathers and a seminary room, both are equipped to receive and broadcast videoconferences from and to any part of the world, given that they have optic fiber connection to the administrative building of the Universidad de Guadalajara. The CUCEA has 9 investigation centres that link the university with Jalisco's society.
Often credited by the Universidad de Guadalajara students and teachers as being the best centre campus-wise, it also has a high academical level. Even though the claim of being "The best Universidad de Guadalajara Centre" might be disputed on different grounds, it is a fact that the university enjoys a well-deserved prestige. The campus has 2 auditoriums, a cyber-garden where the students can connect their laptops to the internet for free, that area has capacity for 180 people. WiFi coverage is also available in selected areas.
The CUCEA is the Universidad de Guadalajara's centre with the most students, approximately 14,100 regular students and 1,063 studying in PhD programmes. CUCEA employs 800 teachers and 295 people that manage the centre's services.
In late 2006 the construction of new classrooms in the western part of the campus, and refurbishments of both the parking lot and the pedestrian entrance, were underway. The university also hosts the Centre for Marketing and Opinion Surveys (Spanish: Centro de Estudios de Opinión y Mercadotecnia, CEO), the Universidad de Guadalajara's Centre for carrying out an array of surveys for distinct purposes, both for the University and its private clients.
The Centre offers the following academical programmes and degrees:
- Financial Management and Systems
- Governmental Management and Public and Local Policies.
- Public Accountancy
- Management and Environmental Economics
- International Business
- Human Resources
- Information technology
The campus' library, Informative Resources Centre (Spanish: Centro de Recursos Informativos, CERI) has a selection of economics-related books and also offers the possibility of consulting extensive demographic and geographic data collected by the INEGI related to Mexico.
It has an area for consulting texts and studying capable of holding 450 persons, a video library with more than 800 videos and a collection of selected materials edited by the IMPI and BANCOMEXT. The library also has a United Nations database. The CERI offers access to more than 800 full text, electronic format magazine titles and more than 350 magazine titles in print. The general collection is conformed by 45,000 titles and 87,000 volumes. The Benjamin Franklin library section is located on its third floor, whose content and archives were entirely donated by the American embassy in Guadalajara.
World Bank and International Monetary Fund publications are also within its archives, and cooperation with Mexico's central bank makes possible that important macroeconomic information is available to the campus' students. The current director of the CERI is Francisco Javier Aguilar Ponce, PhD.
The library is open both for students of the University and for the general public, being the only requirement to provide sufficient ID at the entrance of the campus. The general public can only consult the materials though, the right to borrow any publications is exclusively reserved for students of the CUCEA. The library's schedule is Mon-Fri 8:00-21:00 hrs., Sat. 9:00-14:00 hrs.
- (Spanish) Official Website of the CUCEA
- (Spanish, English, French and Portuguese) Official Website of the University of Guadalajara
- (Spanish) Official Website of the CERI
- (Spanish) Website of the PROULEX, a Universidad de Guadalajara institute for foreign language teaching, with information about the CUCEA seat of the institute