Introduction

 

EL COLEGIO MEXIQUENSE

In 1986 EL COLEGIO MEXIQUENSE, A.C. was founded as an initiative of several institutions leaded by the Government of the State of Mexico. This institution is devoted to research and teaching in the social science and humanities areas. It is located in the former hacienda of Santa Cruz de los Patos, in Zinacantepec. The hacienda comprises some buildings that have been refurbished and made adequate for an institution like this. The property was built in the 17th century, recently refurbished to provide a comfortable working environment, ideal for studying, teaching and holding academic meetings, without forgetting that it is actually a historical site.

EL COLEGIO MEXIQUENSE is part of an integrated network formed by Colegio de México, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Colegio de Michoacán, Colegio de Sonora, Colegio de Jalisco, Colegio de San Luis and the Institute José María Luis Mora, all of which have close academic exchanges. These collaborations are formalized through agreements that enrich our work as a public educative center of high standards, whose compromise is to study and offer solutions to the main problems of the state and the country.

In this way, EL COLEGIO MEXIQUENSE is interested in different subjects approaching them through research and offering postgraduate programmes and diplomas. It is also interested in spreading its work into the academic circle and society in order to contribute to the analysis and reflection, as well as the decision making into the public, social and private sectors. This is achieved through a number of periodic publications,, communication programmes and consultancy services. The institution is also a forum open to academic discussion. Therefore, regional, national and international seminars, meetings and workshops are regularly organized. This task enables a close contact between research institutes and universities.

After 29 years, the centers and programmes of EL COLEGIO MEXIQUENSE are going through a consolidation stage, and their purpose is to be in the forefront of social and humanistic knowledge, showing at the same time the importance and usefulness of their services and contribute to social research and teaching with efficiency in the academic work.