Tecnológico de Monterrey Joins FIRST Global Higher Education Network Leadership Board

17 April 2018

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – FIRST Global is pleased to announce that Tecnológico de Monterrey, also known as Tec de Monterrey, has joined the FIRST Global Higher Education Network Leadership Board. The other board members are Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Yale University. These institutions have taken a leadership role applying and implementing technology, uniting the world through their collective influence and actions.

The Mission of the FIRST Global Higher Education Network is to serve as a catalyst for inspiring an increased interest in and promoting active involvement in science, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among students through technology, global access to resources, and mentorship.

Dr. David Garza, Rector of Tecnológico de Monterrey, said, “Our institute is committed to providing opportunities for young people to develop skills and pursue careers in the STEM. Our partnership with the FIRST Global Higher Education Network will advance this ongoing effort.”

Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST and FIRST Global added, “Tec de Monterrey has been a steadfast partner of FIRST Mexico and we are honored to have them as a member of the FIRST Global Higher Education Network Leadership Board, an important element of our international effort to inspire science and technology leadership and innovation in young people.” 

Other members of the FIRST Global Higher Education Network include: Universidad Galileo from Guatemala, University of Business and Technology in Kosovo, and the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.


Tecnológico de Monterrey: Tecnológico de Monterrey’s vision is to educate leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, a humanistic outlook and who are internationally competitive. It is a private nonprofit comprehensive university with 26 campuses in Mexico and nearly 90,000 students (55,500 undergraduate, 8,000 graduate and 26,000 senior high school). It is internationally recognized for its strong reputation among employers and its entrepreneurial orientation, and it is consistently ranked among the Top universities in Latin America.

FIRST Global Mission: The FIRST Global mission is to inspire science and technology leadership and innovation in young people from all nations to increase understanding, instill the importance of cooperation, address the world’s most pressing issues, and improve quality of life for all. This mission is accomplished through the FIRST Global Challenge, which culminates with an international robotics game that will rotate among different nations each year. By showing the youth of the world that if they communicate, cooperate, and work together using the tools of science and engineering to find solutions to the world’s grand challenges – water, energy, security, medicine, food, and education – they will be able to accomplish great things and become part of a truly global community. https://first.global

FIRST Global Challenge: The FIRST Global Challenge is an annual robotics game that will address one of the 14 Grand Challenges identified by the national engineering academies of the United States, United Kingdom, and China. Each year, a different issue of global importance will take center stage as the theme of that year’s FIRST Global Challenge, which will be held in a different nation across the world. The 2018 FIRST Global Challenge will be held August 16-18 in Mexico City, MX.

FIRST Global Founder: Dean Kamen is a prolific inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology innovation. His roles as an inventor and an advocate are intertwined with his passion for practical, real world uses of technology, and his personal determination to spread excitement for and the virtues of STEM to the more than two billion youths around the world. Dean’s drive comes from his firm belief that the tools of science and engineering will help equip the world’s youth to solve the most pressing global challenges we face as a planet, both today and tomorrow.

To learn more about the FIRST Global Higher Education Network, contact Caitlin Creech at caitlin@first.global.