Sonora Institute of Technology

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Sonora Institute of Technology
Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora
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Former names
Instituto Justo Sierra (Justo Sierra Institute), Instituto Tecnológico del Noroeste (Northwestern Institute of Technology)
Type Public university
Established 1955 [1]
Rector Dr. Javier José Vales García
Academic staff
81 (full-time) [2]
Students 16,327 [3]
Location Obregón , Sonora , Mexico
27°29′01″N109°56′02″W / 27.4837°N 109.9340°W / 27.4837; -109.9340 Coordinates: 27°29′01″N109°56′02″W / 27.4837°N 109.9340°W / 27.4837; -109.9340
Campus Obregón, Guaymas and Navojoa (mostly urban).
Affiliations ANUIES CONAHEC International Association of Universities OECD-IMHE

The Sonora Institute of Technology (in Spanish : Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora, ITSON) is a Mexican public university based in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, with satellite campuses in Guaymas, Empalme and Navojoa. Founded in 1955 as a preparatory school called Justo Sierra Institute (Instituto Justo Sierra), [1] it was initially sponsored by Lions International until 1956, when it renamed as Northwestern Institute of Technology (Instituto Tecnológico del Noroeste). [1] In 1962, Governor Luis Encinas Johnson approved a state law that restructured the institution and gave it its current name. [1]

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The institution was the result of the efforts of the community of Cajeme, led by the president of the local chapter of Lions International, Moisés Vásquez Gudiño. [1] After several restructurations, it became a public university in 1964 when it began to offer a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering. [1] By 1976 the program in Business Administration was added and it stopped offering secondary-level education. In 1979 under the administration of Dr. Óscar Russo Vogel, the institution started expansion programs that continued in the 1980s to serve a growing-demand.

Cajeme is one of the municipalities of the northwestern state of Sonora, Mexico. It is named after Cajemé, a Yaqui leader. The municipality has an area of 3,312.05 km² and with a population of 433,050 inhabitants as of 2015.

The main campus (located in Ciudad Obregón) consisted of only five buildings and the Navojoa campus served its students in a leased building. In 1981 the campus added its administration building to its infrastructure. In 1982 main campus added classrooms and the Náinari campus added the unit for Veterinary and Zoology studies. The Guaymas campus was added in 1984 and the Navojoa campus was moved into its own building.

Ciudad Obregón City in Sonora, Mexico

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Navojoa City in Sonora, Mexico

Navojoa is the fifth-largest city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora and is situated in the southern part of the state. The city is the administrative seat of Navojoa Municipality, located in the Mayo River Valley.

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Guaymas city in Sonora, Mexico

Guaymas is a city in Guaymas Municipality, in the southwest part of the state of Sonora, in northwestern Mexico. The city is 117 km south of the state capital of Hermosillo, and 242 miles from the U.S. border. The municipality is located on the Gulf of California and the western edge of the Sonoran Desert and has a hot, dry climate and 117 km of beaches. The municipality’s formal name is Guaymas de Zaragoza and the city’s formal name is the Heróica Ciudad de Guaymas.

Empalme is a city surrounded by a municipality located on the south-central coast of the Mexican state of Sonora. According to the 2005 census the population of the city was 40,630 inhabitants, while the municipality, which has an area of 708.53 km², reported 50,663 inhabitants. Except for its coastline on the Gulf of California, the municipality is entirely surrounded by the much larger municipality of Guaymas.


Classrooms inside its Center for Business and Strategic Studies (CEEN). Salones CEEN Instituto Tecnologico de Sonora.jpg
Classrooms inside its Center for Business and Strategic Studies (CEEN).

The Institute offers the following programs: [4]

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In total, 12 out of 28 acreditable academic programs (taken by 58.91% of its student population) were certified as of good quality by the Mexican Undersecretariat of Higher Education (Subsecretaría de Educación Superior) by September 2007. [2] In addition, from October 2006 to September 2007 the Institute invested MXP $11 million (around US$1 million) in research. [5]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Historia del ITSON" (in Spanish). Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  2. 1 2 3 Rodríguez Villanueva, Gonzalo (September 2007). "Informe anual de actividades octubre 2006 - septiembre 2007" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora. pp. 48–49. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
  3. Cruz Medina, Isidro Roberto (November 2012). "Informe de actividades 2011-2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora. p. 198. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  4. "Oferta académica" (in Spanish). Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  5. Rodríguez Villanueva, Gonzalo (September 2007). "Informe anual de actividades octubre 2006 - septiembre 2007" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora. Retrieved 2008-09-16.