President Enrique Peña Nieto, led the ceremony of the 80th anniversary of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) and acknowledged its leading members; outstanding students and teachers and distinguished former directors and graduates who were awarded the Lázaro Cárdenas Award 2016.

The IPN is a symbol of knowledge, science and technology in Mexico, with over 800,000 graduates; 18 international awards obtained last year alone, and over 1,100 teachers who are part of the National System of Researchers.

“Since its founding 80 years ago, the Poli, as it is affectionately known, has been a real engine of national progress. The Polytechnic is synonymous with the essence of our democracy; equality and inclusion and education and opportunities for everyone.”

IPN currently offers more than 60 undergraduate programs and 150 graduate programs, including 40 doctorates.

It has 100 academic units in 22 states and will soon consolidate its presence in the states of Guanajuato, Hidalgo and Zacatecas.

It currently caters to 180,000 students in its classrooms, workshops, laboratories and research centers, 4 out of 10 of which have scholarships.

In addition to its academic achievements, the IPN is a benchmark for sports and cultural matters.

It has been a pioneer in Mexico and throughout Latin America in founding Channel ELEVEN, a public, educational and cultural television station.

“While acknowledging this great community, I repeat that the government is and will remain absolutely respectful of the internal life and self-management of the National Polytechnic Institute.”

Mission

The structural changes that are already underway in the country require thousands of new professionals and specialists.

 “Serving Mexico through technology was the mission entrusted to it 80 years ago and that is the mission the Polytechnic will continue to assume in the 21st century.”

Mexico needs electrical and geophysical engineers for the development and operation of wind, solar and geothermal fields. Through the work of IPN graduates, Mexico will be able to fulfill the commitment to ensure that by 2024, at least 35% of electricity comes from renewable sources.

Having more doctors and nurses will make it possible to meet the government’s commitment to bringing health services closer to all Mexicans. So far during this administration, 2,000 health units and 400 hospitals have been built or modernized.

“Given these new realities and challenges, it is up to our professionals, specialists and humanist to take us to the future.”

“It is up to you to find solutions to the great challenges we face. We wish to live in an environment free of pollution, plan our cities better, adopt healthier life styles and put people at the center of innovation.