CEDEC session in the capital of Tamaulipas

Public and private education sector authorities in the central region of Tamaulipas held a meeting at the Council for Economic Development and Competitiveness (CEDEC, by its Spanish initials) of the State of Tamaulipas, where the proposal was presented by the “I am Tam., Science and Technology Network,” which would create an online system through the internet where the academic and professional community would provide solutions to problems of private or government companies, through an internationally proven method called crowdsourcing

The event was led by the president of CEDEC, Miguel Manzur Pedraza, and Javier Villarreal Cantu, undersecretary of Small and Medium Enterprises; Miguel Efren Tinoco Sanchez, Undersecretary of Middle and Higher Education and the rector of the Universidad Politecnica de Victoria, Sonia Maricela Sanchez Moreno, among other personalities.

The executive president of CEDEC in the central region, Horacio Martinez Rivera explained that the “I am Tam., Science and Technology Network” would be shaped as a tool by means of which any organization will publish some problems that want to solve, and through participation of working groups, as students in the thesis process, specialists and other companies, solutions will be considered taking the best to be applied.

Martinez Rivera argued that this would significantly reduce costs, because many times it would be taken as the final work of students’ thesis or recognition to a company or a private individual, with a payment that is not onerous. This system is already used in Europe with very good results.

At the meeting, the undersecretary of SMEs, Javier Villarreal Cantu, said that the Ministry of Economic Development of Tamaulipas supports the use of technology to promote competitiveness, which is why the dependency at its expense promotes an incubation program for online businesses, in which currently 50 students are in the process of starting a business.

In the case of Miguel Efren Tinoco Sanchez, undersecretary of Middle and Higher Education said that the state administration is in favor of supporting this project, because it would become a valuable tool to promote development in the entity.

On the other hand, the dean of the Universidad Politecnica de Victoria (UPV,) Sonia Maricela Sanchez Moreno, stressed the importance of the role of universities in the issue of economic development and the promotion of technological schemes.

“We can see from the perspective of how we detonate development with the workforce, with the talent of young people who graduate from the university where we have academic programs such as the Bachelor in Management in Small and Medium Enterprise Management, Engineering in Technology Information, Mechatronics Engineering, Engineering in Automotive Systems and Manufacturing Engineering and all have the pertinence to promote the development in different areas of the State.”

The UPV dean said that even innovative programs are being developed, such as the newly opened postgraduate degree in Renewable Energies, as well as a Master's degree in Engineering with specialties in Information Technology and Manufacturing.

“Because it is very important that the investment in the downtown area is detonated, we must strengthen the highlands and the central zone of Tamaulipas, and economic development must be linked to higher education and already strengthening human capital, the society knowledge can impact that we have more jobs and entrepreneurs to generate jobs.”

In the same manner, Arnoldo de la Garza, general director of the Council of Science and Technology in Tamaulipas (COTACYT, by its Spanish initials) participated in the event. He said: “One of the objectives is to be linked to higher education institutions, and for this reason we currently support the development of research for the creation of companies, but there are also federal funds that affect direct support to companies, especially when you have to do technological development in a company.”

De la Garza said that the possibility of bringing the development scheme to Industry 4.0 based on giving the companies’ processes a technological outlet is explored, as in the agri-food, electrical companies that use the technology in their daily processes.

“Another objective is to promote all types of industrial activity, especially aimed at companies that are sustainable, that promote zero pollution, green energy and the use of solar and wind panels,” he concluded.

To conclude Miguel Manzur Pedraza reiterated that a great call will be made to count on productive projects that will impact on the development of the municipalities of the central region of the State.