Tecnológico de Monterrey’s New Virtual CampusBy Sofía Hanna | Thu, 02/18/2021 - 16:17
Tecnológico de Monterrey, a Mexican university ranked fifth among the Top 15 undergraduate schools for entrepreneurship studies in 2021, created a virtual campus as its most recent innovation in the education experience.
As previously mentioned by MBN, Tecnológico de Monterrey has pushed the boundaries in terms of education and entrepreneurship with its latest investment in entrepreneurship being the INCmty 2020 festival. This took place in November, entirely online for the first time in eight years, when more than 200 entrepreneurship conferences were conducted in five days, with a focus on sustainable innovation. The university is now celebrating its next accomplishment with the launch of a digital campus along with “Tech Adaptika,” a Canadian company that specializes in offering a customizable virtual reality platform suitable for both academic institutions and corporations, according to Adaptika’s website.
According to Tecnológico de Monterrey’s release, the virtual campus will open on Feb. 18, 19 and 20. The idea came as a response to the lack of socialization suffered by students during the pandemic. After three online terms, Tecnológico de Monterrey decided to organize an integration event with students. Cyprien Durand, Coordinator of Student Groups and Associations at the Santa Fe Campus, is directing this project, with an expected attendance of 1,000 students. “The purpose of this event is to solve the problem of being online and not being able to meet new people, not being able to meet in the corridors or do joint activities face to face. We wanted to offer an innovative event with technology that allows students to meet, have fun, feel as though they are at their university and feel part of a group and the Tec community. We hope that more students will meet, network and form new groups and associations,” he said to MBN. During the event, students will be able to attend conferences, activities and networking events.
Working with Adaptika has also been gratifying for the university given its professionalism, said Durand. “The fact that Adaptika believed in the project beyond it being a business transaction helped a lot to find solutions and brainstorm ideas.”
The event had several sponsors, among them startups like Chihuahua Prime, Corazón de Chile, Less Ropa, Maizano and Soma. The project also received support from Tecnológico de Monterrey’s Engineering School and from Tech Adaptika as well.