· Mexico believes and trusts in its youth; the country is counting on their impetus and desire to improve things,” he declared.

· The government will remain a staunch ally of the academic community. We want the National Polytechnic to continue to accompany the great national transformations, he said.

· The president led the 80th Anniversary of the IPN and awarded the Lázaro Cárdenas Prize 2016.

· With absolute respect for the IPN’s internal decisions, the SEP will be an ally in the process of strengthening and expanding this great institution: Aurelio Nuño.

On the 80th anniversary of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), President Enrique Peña Nieto congratulated the great polytechnic community, and declared that the government is and will remain absolutely respectful of its internal life and self-management.

· “Mexico believes and trusts its youth; the country is counting on its impetus and desire to improve things,” he declared.

As he led the commemoration of the anniversary of the IPN and the ceremony of the Lázaro Cárdenas Award 2016, the president said that education reform is designed to, “Improve the quality of the education received by the children and youth of Mexico.”

Education Reform, he explained, “Is not designed to punish teachers, but rather to create incentives for our teachers to be trained and receive continuous refresher courses to enable them to provide better education for the children of our country.”

He thanked the teachers of Mexico, “Who are part of this transformative process in education that our country is undertaking.”

He declared that, “The structural changes already underway in the country require thousands of new professionals and specialists. For example, we will need electrical and geophysical engineers for the development and operation of wind, solar and geothermal fields. In this way, we will be able to fulfill the goal set in our legislation to ensure that at least 35 percent of our electricity is obtained from renewable sources by 2024.”

He also noted that, “More doctors and nurses are needed to fulfill our commitment to bring health services to all Mexicans. So far during this administration, more than 2,000 health units and 400 hospitals have been built that obviously require health professionals. The transformation of national infrastructure will require more architects, physicists and engineers to design, plan and build the roads, ports, airports and hydroelectric plants we are building or expanding.”

President Peña Nieto said that, “For all these reasons that fill us with pride, the government will remain a staunch ally of the academic community. We want the National Polytechnic to continue to accompany the great national transformations.”

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

The president said that, “Through its valuable contributions to the country’s development, the IPN has written a collective success story: it has spent eighty years putting technology at the service of the country.”

By way of an example, he mentioned three recent state-of-the-art inventions that have emerged in the IPN: “Solid rain, a chemical gel to keep land hydrated; the air purifying bulb, which combines lighting with the elimination of pollutants and the transfer factor, which strengthens people’s immune systems.”

The president declared that, “The Polytechnic is synonymous with the essence of our democracy, equality and inclusion, education and opportunities for everyone. Generation after generation, Polytechnic graduates have contributed to the evolution of our country, as borne out by its more than 800,000 graduates, its 18 international awards received last year alone, and its more than 1,100 teachers, who are part of the National System of Researchers.”

He said that, “When one speaks of the Polytechnic, one values its innovation and leadership, and its well-earned educational prestige. Because of its history and size, its social and economic impact, the National Polytechnic is a source of pride for all Mexicans.”

He declared that the 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 states such as Guanajuato, Hidalgo and Zacatecas.

In addition, he continued, “It caters to about 180,000 students in its classrooms, workshops, laboratories and research centers, 4 out of 10 of which have scholarships.” He said that, “A community of 180,000 students is equivalent to the population of many medium-sized cities in our country.”

He recalled that his father was an engineer who graduated from ESIME and instilled a deep affection for the National Polytechnic Institute in him.

He said that, “In addition to its academic achievements, “The IPN is a benchmark for sports and cultural matters: it is home to the emblematic White Eagles team, a benchmark for football in our country. The Polytechnic has been a pioneer in Mexico and throughout Latin America in founding Channel Eleven, a public educational and cultural television station.

At the event, held at the Adolfo López Mateos Hall of the official residence of Los Pinos, the president awarded the Lázaro Cárdenas Prize 2016 to 15 prominent members of the Polytechnic community, and issued a postage stamp to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the IPN.


Public Education Secretary Aurelio Nuño Mayer said that, “With absolute respect for the internal decisions of the National Polytechnic Institute, the Public Education Secretariat will remain close by to continue supporting the process of strengthening and expanding this great institution.”

He told the students, teachers, workers and researchers in the Polytechnic community: “You have a great ally in the Education Secretary. A great ally that, with respect for the internal life of the Polytechnic Institute, will remain very close so we can continue working shoulder to shoulder and side by side, to ensure that the National Polytechnic Institute remains one of the finest institutions in this country, which has devoted 80 years to the progress and service of the people of Mexico and may it do so for many more.”

He said that 80 years after its foundation in January 1936, the IPN has 100 High School and Higher Education units in much of the country.

"The Mexico we have today cannot be understood without the legacy of men and women who have studied, taught and researched at this noble institution," he said, after presenting awards to the young IPN students who constantly fill us with pride at their triumphs, “In addition to the fact that they surprise us and continue to astonish us with their innovative discoveries that enable Mexican society to live better.”


IPN Director General Enrique Fernández Fassnacht, said that President Peña Nieto has shown his affection for the Polytechnic through four years of respectful, distinguished treatment. The most striking demonstration of this affection, he said, was the signing of the now historic “Cheese Agreements” in December 2014; eight agreements that have translated into 30 commitments “which we are fulfilling in due time and form.”

If we add the instruction issued on Monday to “uphold the president’s will to fulfill the eight agreements and to recognize the Polytechnic General Assembly as an interlocutor in its implementation, no one would have valid reason to doubt the government’s interest in our National Polytechnic Institute,” he added.

He said that the National Polytechnic Congress will be the meeting point of the Polytechnic community and will be the platform from which to launch its overhauling. He said that the participation of all Polytechnics will be guaranteed, and urged the Congress to be held. “No interference will be able to distract us. We will overcome resistance, and our differences with tolerance and respect,” he said.

Fassnacht Fernandez said that, “There are a lot of interests at stake and many actors on the stage. There are a lot of voices advising, demanding and criticizing. They are all welcome.” “I have opted for and will continue betting on dialogue,” he said "Dialogue that continues to build and expand communication bridges, respectful dialogue with limits, dialogue with the accompaniment of the collegiate bodies, dialogue with the authorized interlocutor: the Polytechnic General Assembly.”

He asked those who oppose the implementation of the Federal Government agreements to change their minds: “I invite the undecided and the indifferent to put aside apathy and actively participate in this process; I urge the silent majority to become informed and involved.” In its 80 years, he continued, “The Polytechnic has had the floor. It's time to rethink our role and prioritize institutional over personal interests, to achieve the long-awaited overhaul of the Polytechnic,” he said.


Ingrid Yadibel Cuevas Zuniga, Master of Science and recipient of the Lázaro Cárdenas Award 2016, said that her experience in the IPN has enabled her to observe the effort made by the institute in the generation, application, dissemination and transfer of scientific and technological knowledge, “Since it is committed to Mexico’s development, which impacts the training of students of excellence, the pillar of our country’s growth.”

She expressed her pride at receiving this award from President Enrique Peña Nieto, and said she was delighted to be a community that strives every day to become better people and professionals. “The road has not been easy; we have faced many challenges and obstacles, but we have never been alone.”

“Having had the opportunity to be a student of the National Polytechnic Institute since senior high school has significantly changed my vision of the future since it has encouraged my desire to contribute to the development and growth of my country through the search for integral solutions, which also include the human values of acceptance and universal recognition,” she said.

She said that although Mexico is undergoing a process of change, and great challenges persist in education, science and technology, the IPN and the community that forms it is stronger and more united than ever. It has the best tools for facing adversity and always seeks the best for Mexico.”