Dr. Rafael Rangel-Sostmann is the former President (1/03/1985—10/01/2011) of the world-renowned Tecnológico de Monterrey, the largest private, non-profit educational system in Mexico. Dr. Rangel’s 26-year tenure brought an immense growth for the Tec, which at present is composed of four educational and research institutions:
Tecnológico de Monterrey:
The first institution of the System has 31 campuses with an enrollment of over 100,000 full-time students and a faculty of over 8,500. Since the beginning of Dr. Rangel’s administration, one of his priorities was the establishment of faculty upgrading programs. In 1998 as part of the accreditation process for Tec de Monterrey in the U.S. through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), he developed a Faculty Development Program in order to upgrade 2,000 faculty members with masters and doctoral degrees. Currently, all the 6,000 faculty members of the 31 campuses hold a graduate degree in their fields of teaching specialization and therefore, meet the standards of international accrediting institutions. Many of Tec de Monterrey’s programs are accredited by International Organizations.
The Virtual University
In 1989, Dr. Rangel founded the Virtual University, which today serves 3,294 students at high school level and 10,374 full-time undergraduate students at Tecnológico de Monterrey. The VU also has 13,312 full-time graduate students enrolled in master’s degree programs and over 120,000 professionals receiving continuing education courses per year. In addition, the VU offers programs especially designed for public officials, communicators, journalists and members of civic society organizations. In the sphere of education, the VU has developed a variety of educational programs for public school teachers and school administrators at the K-12 level in over 20 countries and in several states in Mexico. From 1997 to the present, almost 200 thousand teachers mainly from the public sector and administrators have participated in these programs. Finally, the Virtual University offers programs in basic technology skills, English, support courses for grades K-12 and online high school courses, aimed at Mexico’s most marginalized population in rural areas, via a network of almost 2,000 Community Learning Centers. These centers, which offer educational and development programs to these communities, including online middle and high school, were created under the auspices of the federal government and several state governments, and they receive support, counseling and program content from the Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Dr. Rangel’s particular concern for extending education to broader sectors of society led him to initiate TecMilenio University, focused on offering quality education with the development of professional skills to provide the graduates with strong professional training for the job market. Currently, TecMilenio University has 33 campuses across Mexico and an enrollment of almost 33 thousand full-time students in senior high school, undergraduate and graduate programs. This is a relatively new educational system with a high-growth rate and it is in the process of development the curricula and the programs to have a closer relationship with the industry and private sector as well as improving the employability of the alumni.
The Tec Health System
With the objective of striving for excellence in education, research and services in the field of healthcare, Dr. Rangel supported the creation of the Healthcare Innovation and Transfer Center, which combines research, training, and the transfer of new processes and practices in medical care for patients and for transforming medical practice in Mexico by creating a model for better quality healthcare that redefines the standard of medical practice. The recently opened Zambrano Hellion Medical Center is comprised of a cluster of eight highly specialized institutes and, together with the San José Hospital have doctors who specialize in their fields and follow international standards of practice for the benefit of their patients. The system also includes the specialty clinics such as the Wellness Center, Cardiology and Vascular Medicine, Surgery, Internal Medicine and Neurology, to name a few.
Teaching-learning Process Redesign
Dr. Rangel promoted curricular reform and the redesign of the teaching-learning process, which is now characterized by the use of a variety of didactic techniques such as the Case Method, Project-Oriented Learning, Problem-Based Learning and Collaborative Learning, and for the extensive use of technology. The Tecnológico de Monterrey was the first wireless campus in all of Latin America, even before many U.S. universities.
Monterrey Tech Internationalization
In order to develop faculty and student exchanges with the support of universities around the world, Dr. Rangel set up 22 liaison offices around the world—North America, South America, Europe and China. Annually, over 7,000 Tecnológico de Monterrey students study abroad, while 4,500 foreign students attend Tecnológico de Monterrey to study for a year, a semester or a summer session.
Graduate Schools and Research
Dr. Rangel shaped two of Tecnológico de Monterrey’s most important national graduate schools and research centers, the EGADE Business School and the Graduate School of Public Administration and Policy (EGAP).
Dr. Rangel has increased research activities at Tecnológico de Monterrey by creating diverse research centers and 123 research chairs in the fields of Biotechnology, Food and Health, Manufacturing, Design, Mechatronics and Nanotechnology, Entrepreneurship and Family Businesses, Information and Communication Technologies, Sustainable Development, Regional Development, Social Development, and Education. More than 2,300 researchers, including faculty members as well as undergraduate and graduate students take an active part in these research chairs.
University Technology Parks
Similarly, Dr. Rangel promoted the establishment of 34 business incubators and 14 technology parks on the campuses to spur the growth of the knowledge-based economy and develop an entrepreneurial spirit in students and the community at large.
Dr. Rangel recently founded the Institute for Sustainable Social Development in which the students serve as advisors in the business and education incubators (the most important purpose of this institute) as a part of their community social service.
Dr. Rangel has been recipient of many internatinal awards, including six honorary doctoral degrees from Florida International University, University of British Columbia, Arizona State University, Georgetown University, Thunderbird School of Management, and Carnegie Mellon University.
In addition, Dr. Rangel has received several recognitions from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of North Carolina, Mount Royal College In 2006, the Instituto de Empresa of Spain awarded him the Gold Medal—an acknowledgment that was granted for the first time by this institute.
King Juan Carlos I of Spain awarded him the Commendation with the Insignia of the Order of Isabella the Catholic.
As a result of his participation in the World Economic Forum, held in January, 2007 in Davos, Switzerland, he collaborates in the Rectors’ Club of universities interested in resolving the educational problem at a global level and especially in Latin America.
Dr. Rangel joined Arizona State University in 2012, as Presidential Professor of Practice for Education Innovation and Special Advisor to the President. Dr. Rangel’s work includes advancing strategic initiatives in the areas of education innovation, community outreach, and help strengthening ASU’s position internationally.
Dr. Rangel earned a B.S. in mechanical and electrical engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey. He earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, in 1966. He worked for two years as a development engineer for Honeywell. Then, he went back to UW-Madison to earn his doctorate degree, awarded in 1973.