Universidad del Valle de México

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Universidad del Valle de México
Motto "Forever responsible for what has been cultivated"
Established November 16, 1960
Rector Bernando Gonzalez Aréchiga
Students +130,000 (approx.)
Location Mexico City, Mexico.
Mascot Lynx
Website http://www.universidaduvm.mx

The Universidad del Valle de México or UVM (acronym in Spanish) is a private multicampus university founded in 1960. With more than 55 years of existence, UVM is the largest higher education institution in that country. UVM enrolls more than 130,000 students, and has more than 11,900 faculty members and 7 thousand staff employees. So far, it has some 200 thousand alumni and since 2000 it is a member of Laureate International Universities, a network operating more than 80 institutions that hold over 1 million students in 28 countries.

UVM offers high school, undergraduate degree (traditional and working adult) and graduate degree programs on 38 campuses from an international perspective and at accessible prices. It owns programs that respond to the market needs in the fields of Medicine; Engineering; Hospitality, Tourism and Gastronomy; Business; Social Sciences; Arts, Design and Architecture.

Among its alumni, it has well-known personalities such as diver Ivan Alejandro Garcia Navarro and swimmer German Saul Sanchez Sanchez both Olympic medalists;[1] Vanessa Zambotti, Mexican judoist who won second place in 2015 Pan American Games at Toronto;[2] Guillermo Jester, winner at ELLE Mexico Diseña 2014;[3] and Cesar Duarte Jaquez, Governor of the State of Chihuahua.[4]

Our Mission[edit]

"Expand access to quality global education to train productive people that provide added value for society"

Institutional Principles[5][edit]

  1. Education transformative power: we believe in education as a transforming principle and as the humans’ right to grow and to develop through it.
  2. Academic Quality. We believe in an academic education with international standards and in our capacity to provide education to publics with high potential to take advantage of it and to turn it into an element for personal growth and social mobility.
  3. Student at the center: we believe that the student is a key axis for UVM’s performance and that the more compete its experience in the University, the more solid its personal and professional skills to contribute to the improvement of his/her community, of Mexico, and of the whole world.
  4. Inclusion: we believe in diversity and multi-culturality as essential signs of society. Thus, we are certain that inclusive criteria enrichens, diversify and open opportunities for all, while exclusions impoverish.
  5. Innovation: we believe in our capacity to create, designed and implement original programs and scenarios that allow us to grow in an organic and integral way.
  6. Process improvement: we believe in permanent improving as the basis to optimize educational and administrative services, as well as their results.
  7. Effectiveness: we believe in the importance of maintaining efficiency and efficacy in our processes and services, as a distinctive mark of our performance.


• Integrity: execute every action with uprightness, honesty and transparency.

• Service attitude: keep the mood and disposition in our acts to cooperate with each other with kindness, commitment, enthusiasm, and respect.

• Quality in the execution: perform without flaws and timely the tasks we are responsible for under excellence standards.

• Social Responsibility: accept the consequences of our actions towards society.

• Stay true to our promises: turn commitments into promises and assure their achievement.


A group of academics and businessmen led by Don José Ortega Romero, founded Universidad del Valle de México. It started activities on November 16, 1960, with 212 students, 23 teachers and 14 administrative staff, offering elementary, secondary, highschool and the undergraduate programs in Accounting and Business Administration. It soon quitted its education in the first to levels to concentrate in the remaining.

In 1968, the institution was consolidated and experienced a series of transformations due to its accelerated growth, bringing along changes in its organizational structure, and opening a wider catalog of curricular options.

Since 1976, the Universidad started to expand by opening new campus strategically located in Mexico City and the surrounding areas, and in other places of Mexico.

Its integration to Laureate International Universities, allowed UVM to offer academic international exchanges, multiple country titles, a vast opportunity to Exchange knowledge and experiences among the 80 institutions in the Laureate network, and other advantages. This way, Laureate International Universities opened the possibility for UVM students to receive a comprehensive education that would enhance their skills according to the globalized world.

Laureate motivated important changes in UVM which expanded to several cities in Mexico: Aguascalientes (2001), Puebla (2002), Toluca (2003), Guadalajara Sur, Saltillo e Hispano (2004), Hermosillo y Torreon (2005), Nogales, Mexicali y Cuernavaca (2006), Monterrey Norte, Guadalajara Norte, Ciudad Victoria, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Tampico y Reynosa (2007), Mérida, Zapopan y Monterrey Cumbres y Coyoacan (2008) y Chihuahua y Veracruz (2011).

Always concerned about offering academic programs that fit the necessities, UVM developed online and working adult careers, oriented to people who have a job and need an educational model based on professional practice and the student experience.

Institutional Information[edit]

UVM holds more than 130,000 students, more than 11, 900 faculty members and 6,900 administrative staff.


UVM in Santiago de Querétaro

UVM has 37 campuses located in 18 Mexican States, which makes it the largest private University in Mexico.

    • San Rafael
    • San Rafael Sede Marina
    • Chapultepec
    • Lago de Guadalupe
    • Roma
    • Santa Fe
    • Texcoco
    • Hispano
    • Lomas Verdes
    • San Ángel
    • Sur (Coyoacán- Tlalpan)
    • Monterrey Cumbres
    • Monterrey Norte
    • Guadalajara Norte
    • Guadalajara Sur
    • Zapopan
    • San Luis Potosí
    • Querétaro
    • Toluca
    • Tuxtla
    • Agusacalientes
    • Puebla
    • Saltillo
    • Hermosillo
    • Torreón
    • Nogales
    • Mexicali
    • Cuernavaca
    • Victoria
    • Matamoros
    • Nuevo Laredo
    • Tampico
    • Reynosa
    • Mérida
    • Veracruz
    • Chihuahua

Awards and Memberships[6][edit]

  • Reconocimiento Global de Validez de Estudios. Acuerdo No.131, Secretario de Educación Publica, February 8, 1988.
  • Reconocimiento de Excelencia Academica de Programas de Estudio de Nivel Licenciatura, granted by Secretaria de Educación Publica (SEP), 2006.
  • Reconocimiento del Padron de Planes y Programas de Estudio de Excelencia Academica en el Medio Superior granted by Secretaria de Educación Publica (SEP).
  • Certificación de Calidad Académica Lisa y Llana, given by Federación de Instituciones Mexicanas Particulares de Educación Superior (FIMPES 1995, 2002, 2010 and 2011).
  • QS Stars, an international standard assesing higher education institutions globally. QS Stars gives UVM 5 stars in the fields of education, employability and access.
  • Member of the Asociacion Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Nivel Superior (ANUIES since 1996).
  • Member of the Asociacion de Facultades y Escuelas de Medicina, A.C. (AMFEM).
  • Member of Federacion Mexicana de Facultades y Escuelas de Odontología (FEMFEO).
  • Registro Nacional de Instituciones y Empresas Cientificas y Tecnologicas (RENIECYT).
  • Convenio de Colaboración Académica con el Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI)
  • According to Guía Universitaria 2015, UVM is ranked 4th among the best public and private universities in Mexico, being 2nd in the Bajio, Center, North, Pacific, and Southeast.[7]
  • UVM is a Socially Responsible Company, distinguished as such by the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía (CEMEFI).
  • 22 Libraries certified with ISO 9001: 2008.
  • ISO 9001:2000 granted to the computing labs in at campus.

Comprehensive Education[edit]

UVM students receive a comprehensive education that combines academic preparation, technology, ethical values, sports and cultural activities. They also learn English and are prepared to be assessed for different certifications in the fields of IT.


Students have the opportunity of acquiring an international experience to be more competitive, because they have access to the links and possibilities offered by other institutions within the Laureate network. The geographic dispersity of Laureate gives them access to more than 105 international programs at 80 universities worldwide.

  • Some 14 thousand students are studying any of the international programs offered for prestigious institutions as Kendall, UEM, Naba, Walden, IEDE y Santa Fe University.
  • During the last year, some 2,700 students from UVM traveled abroad tu study a program within the network.
  • UVM offers its students 575 exchange opportunities, including summer campus, certificates and double degrees.
  • 145 opciones of Double Degrees and International Certificates, both in Mexico and abroad.
  • More than 15 intensive schools (summer or winter) with foreign teachers visiting our country.
  • 5 English levels in alliance with prestigious institutions.

Social Impact[edit]

UVM understands that, aside of educating excellent professionals in the academic, it has to promote in its students a wholesome education that encourages them to apply the acquired knowledge to benefit the society and the environment. Curricula are constantly revised to assure that contents contribute to shaping socially responsible professionals. Furthermore, the campus are always promoting activities to alleviate the necessities of the surrounding communities. UVM is a Socially Responsible Company, distinction received from the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropia (CEMEFI). Through Premio UVM, it supports than 150 social entrepreneurs who have funded a venture.


Universidad del Valle de Mexico highlights the relevance of a wholesome education for its students. Thus, it has sports programs that allow students to prepare themselves in several disciplines at high-performance levels. This has resulted in many students achieving triumphs in important national and international competitions.

  • 14 UVM athlets participated on 2012 London Olympics (out of 100 participants in the Mexican delegation)
  • UVM students received 3 out of the 4 medals earned by Mexico in 2012 London Olympics.
  • 16 UVM athletes attended 2015 Pan American Games at Toronto. They won 14 medals: 4 golds, 5 silvers, and 5 bronzes.[8]

Academic Model Results[edit]

  • UVM is one of the best 5 Mexican universities according to the ranking of Selecciones del Reader’s Digest[9]
  • UVM earned 5 stars (the highest possible grade) in QS Stars ranking in the fields: teaching, employability and access.
  • UVM’s alumni earn 7% more than their peers from other private and public universities.[10]
  • Our alumni spend less time than their peers looking for a job when they finish their studies and they obtain a more benefits.[11]
  • 89% of UVM’s students find a job within 12 months after graduating.[12]


  1. ^ "Alumnos de la UVM buscarán destacada actuación en Veracruz 2014". Terra. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Atletas de Alto Rendimiento se ponen la Camiseta Lince". UVM. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "¡Felicidades, Ganadores!". elle.mx. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Milenio. "¿Qué estudiaron los gobernadores?". Retrieved 1 Aug 2015. 
  5. ^ "Conoce UVM | UVM". www.universidaduvm.mx. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Reconocimientos UVM". UVM. 
  7. ^ "Top 10 de las Mejores Universidades". Guia Universitaria. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Universidad del Valle de Mexico - Hoja de datos" (PDF). Laureate-Comunicación. 
  9. ^ Survey done by IPSOS BIMSA
  10. ^ Research by IFC at World Bank.
  11. ^ Research by IFC at World Bank.
  12. ^ Research conducted by UVM.

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