The Center for Technical and Higher Education (CETYS University) is a private institution of educational excellence, born in 1961 in Baja California under the auspices of a group of visionary entrepreneurs committed to education.

About CETYS / Who we are

When studying at CETYS University,
students are built with great human values


Our purpose is to contribute to the development of individuals with the moral and intellectual capacity to participate in a relevant manner in the social, cultural and economic improvement of the country and the world.

We promote:

  • Scientific preparation and development
  • Character build and development
  • Cultural heritage, literacy and understanding

2020 Vision

CETYS seeks to be the best institution in Latin America with our MBA focused on Entrepreneurship and in Engineering, with a focus on Innovation and Design

Catalog CETYS University

About the University. University mission statement, strategic plan, directory information for campuses, locations, colleges, schools, and academic programs.

CETYS 2020 Strategic Plan

  • High Quality
  • Global Competitiveness
  • Learning Communities
  • Sustainability

Inspired to actively contribute in the improvement of the country, and committed to continue the preparation of high level professionals, at CETYS we abide by a grand strategy and vision call Institutional Development Plan 2020 or CETYS 2020.
This plan defines the cause, purpose and mission driving the institution in the upcoming years, with 6 strategic goals that set forth the basis to face future challenges in education.

Strategic Goals of CETYS 2020 Plan


An academic senate of the highest level


Validate our vocation as an institution shaping people


Operate a multi-campus system with consolidated infrastructure


Integrate the best systems and technological platforms


Promote innovation and diversify our educational offer


Achieve more efficiency and diversify our financing sources

CETYS throughout the years

  • 1961
  • 70's
  • 80's
  • 90's
  • 00's
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018

-February 17 marks the official date when as a Civil Association our board was constituted as Institute of Education of the Northwest or IENAC (Spanish). Presided by Mr. Ignacio A. Guajardo Esquer, IENAC names the first President of CETYS University: ENG. Fernando Macías Rendón.

-CETYS opens its doors on a rented building in Mexicali’s downtown area with the High School program. First student, ID. 0001 is enrolled: Mr. Eugenio Lagarde Camerún. First day of class was September 20th.

-First formal Strategic Development Plan for CETYS is drafted and implemented.

-CETYS Tijuana Campus and CETYS Ensenada Campus inaugurate with High School.

-January 13, 1978 ENG. Jesús Alfonso Marín Jiménez is named as 3rd President of CETYS University.

-Third Strategic Development Plan is drafted.

-Campus Ensenada builds its first classroom building facility and programming lab.

-Academic plans and programs are modified, for undergraduate and high school in all three campuses.

-CETYS Universidad is granted on November 21st by Mr. Miguel González Avelar, Secretary of Public Education in Mexico, the distinction as an “institution of high academic quality”

-CETYS University establishes institutional agreements for partnerships with Hewlett Packard, National Cash Register, Arizona State University and Kenworth that produce several programs of mutual collaboration where faculty, students are involved in research projects linked to the social and industry environment.

-The Federation of Private Mexican Institutions of Higher Education visits and evaluates CETYS, granting FIMPES accreditation without any condition or observation.

-ENG. Mr. Enrique Carlos Blancas de la Cruz is named as the fifth President of CETYS University; the Strategic Plan CETYS 2010 is drafted and implemented, a 10-year vision that shapes the strategic guidelines for the institution.

-CETYS moved forward in the preliminary design of a Strategic Plan, that would end up being our current CETYS 2020, promoting during 2009 the participation and engagement of members of the board, directors, faculty, students and their parents during the first steps of the planning process.

-The first steps were taken towards the accreditation of our Business School academic programs, with the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for the academic programs of our School of Engineering.

-Furthermore, CETYS became member of Institute of International Education (IIE), maximum organism worldwide, based in New York, advocating for International Education and Global Learning.

-CETYS also became part of United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).

CETYS celebrates its first 50 years and begins its Distinguished Visitors and Lecturers program with the participation of Dr. Pedro Ortega Ruíz, professor of Universidad de Murcia.

-2012 marks one of the most relevant years for CETYS University. After several years of constant transformation, effort and dedication. Based on its high quality standards, CETYS is granted international accreditation by the U.S. based agency, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

This achievement is of historical significance and relevance to the institution, to Baja California and to Mexico. CETYS becomes the 7th institution in Latin America to have U.S. accreditation.

-CETYS Universidad is named the best institution of Higher Education in Baja California, according to an independent study by Reader’s Digest Mexico. The study named “University Ranking 2013” and published on April 1st, 2013 considered three dimensions: Facilities and Infrastructure, Prestige/Image and Professional Evaluation.

-CETYS School of Business became the first institution in the Northwest of Mexico to receive international accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the award granted during ACBSP Annual Conference in Chicago, IL before representatives of universities in Asia, Europe, U.S., Latin America and Africa. In Mexico, the official announcement was made during the 53rd anniversary of CETYS Universidad.

The Center for Excellence in Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship, established in Campus Mexicali, and houses our School of Business; and the official presentation of the blueprint for the Center for Innovation in Design. In addition, Campus Tijuana also remodeled their stadium “Margarita Astiazarán de Fimbres”.

– More than 7,500 students and  35k Alumni.

-The Master’s in Engineering and Innovation was integrated into the National Register of Quality Graduate Programs of CONACYT.

-The highest percentage in the history of teachers with doctorates is reached: 58%.

– Six new programs  were incorporated to the educational offer and all Graduate Programs were updated.

– Continued work towards the possibility of joining the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

– Agreements were signed with universities in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, USA, Portugal, Taiwan and Morocco.

-Distinguished Visitors: Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle, Nobel Prize in Physics, José Ángel Gurría, Secretary of the OECD, Andrés Oppenheimer, award-winning author and journalist, among others.

– Continued construction of the Center for Innovation and Design (CEID) in Mexicali and the Gymnasium-Auditorium in Ensenada.

-The International Seminar on Innovation in Higher Education was held, which concentrated educational leaders from 14 countries.

– WASC reaccreditation through 2027 is obtained. Ten years is the longest accreditation period granted by WASC

– The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is recognized by QS Stars as one of the top 15 MBAs in Latin America

– The Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Engineering and Innovation (MII) continue being part of CONACYT’s National Registry for Quality Graduate Programs

– CETYS makes a strategic alliance with St. Cloud State University (SCSU) in the US to develop a graduate program that will focus on boosting the medical device industry in the region

– CETYS finishes at 14th place out of 176 in the medal count for Universiada Nacional

– FoxRobotics wins bronze in the international robotics competition “Robot Challenge2017” in China

– The Gymnasium-Auditorium of the Ensenada Campus is inaugurated, and construction of the Center for Innovation and Design of the Mexicali Campus continues

– Three programs are added to the educational offer of CETYS: Industrial Engineering Global Program, Bachelor of International Logistics, and MBA Triple Degree

– QS Stars recognizes CETYS as one of the best institutions in Latin America for its academic excellence and outstanding work in the areas of inclusion, innovation and teaching quality

– Accreditation processes continue with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Two programs have been accredited in the Mexicali Campus. The Tijuana Campus is expecting a decision on one program

– CETYS is appointed Full Member of the Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA for its Spanish acronym)

-73% of the faculty have Doctoral degrees (full-time and part-time)

Our Presidents through history

Dr. Fernando Macías Rendón (✞)

1961 – 1966

Dr. Félix Castillo Jiménez (✞)

1967- 1977

Ing. Jesús Alfonso Marín Jiménez (✞)

1978 – 1996

M.C. Enrique Carrillo Barrios-Gómez

1996 – 2000

Ing. Enrique Carlos Blancas de la Cruz

2000 –2009

Dr. Fernando León García


2010 -at present

Zero-Tolerance Policy Regarding Harassment

CETYS University System reaffirms its commitment to justice and equity and ratifies its zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, as a means towards ending all manifestations of gender violence.

The institution’s goal is that every member of its community embraces CETYS University’s mission and leads a life consistent with the Institution’s Values System, observe Student Regulations, and adheres to the Code of Honor and Ethics. Therefore, the institution firmly rejects any type of violence against its students and staff and urges them to report any incident to the corresponding authority.

CETYS University reasserts its formal complaint channels:

  • Program or Career Coordinators
  • Corresponding Faculty Office
  • Student Development Center
  • Academic Dean
  • Confidential Hotline “Tips Anónimos”

When an accusation or complaint is submitted through any official channel, various committees are activated; these respond immediately in adherence to the following guidelines while safeguarding the integrity of the complainant.

  • Orientation and assistance are offered.
  • Institutional procedure is activated engaging faculty and senior staff.
  • Case analysis and follow up.
  • A course of action is determined, which includes corresponding sanctions.

Actions against sexual harassment require an active involvement of the complete university community. Consequently, CETYS fosters a culture of reporting. In addition, the Institution will continue to train staff, conduct information and education campaigns, and take measures to ensure a Zero-Tolerance environment towards violence and harassment, thus fostering the comprehensive well-being of the university community.

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