By: Angela Palacios
Mexico City, Mexico
Aliat Universities is the most extensive university network in the Republic of Mexico and through its work over time, has made the word ‘education’ synonymous with transformation, evolution, and universality.
This is because Aliat breaks down any possible barriers to further education, since its target public is people in the lower-middle income brackets whose purchasing power does not allow them to pay for a high-cost course and who frequently come up against barriers to starting or continuing their academic training because they live in remote parts of the country.
This university network has thus forged alliances with seven education institutions on more than 30 campuses in 15 Mexican states, where approximately fifty thousand students are trained and learn from over 3,500 teachers. The aim is to take quality education to as many places as possible.
The Aliat Universities network therefore offers various courses, such as high school, Chef Master Plus, master’s degree programs in administrative economic sciences, social sciences, engineering, information technology, communication, health sciences and construction, as well as working adult master’s degree programs and similar online programs, postgraduate courses, languages and further education, all aimed at making a better country and improving education indicators in the region.
Education processes that give value to the learning experience
With a view to extending the courses offered, Aliat Universities develops distance education models in which online teaching plays a leading role. One example is their use of the Moodle platform, a tool that is combined effectively with other digital education processes and which is supported, in turn, by special groups of professionals who take part in developing both internal and corporate content.
Work to improve and develop programs is done with both external teachers and ones from Aliat itself. There is also a team consisting of institutional design experts, proofreaders, web designers and online platform administrators. Another highly trained team is responsible for operating the model and helping students with any technical and academic problems that might arise.
All this is offered through each of the ‘brands’, in other words the partner universities, which include ETAC University, Valle de Grijalva University (UVG), Advanced Studies University (UNEA), Tangamanga University (UTAN), La Concordia University, Corbuse Gastronomy Institute and Tapachula Further Studies Center (CEST).
For each of these, Aliat acts as a bridge between the teaching models and the academic programs they offer, which are being periodically evaluated and improved in areas such as the LMS platforms, videoconference tools, student campus control, adaptive learning, content management, content curatorship by the best universities in the world, predictive analysis for the student retention process, tutorials, etc., with a view to ensuring that coverage is as extensive and successful as possible, since although we are talking of technology, it has not always been easy for students to adopt it because of the infrastructure each one has available at home.
This is why Aliat is looking for new ways to contribute to the learning experience. “We are working hard to introduce solutions that will help train highly qualified professionals using the best education tools and methods without depending on technological infrastructure, and thus ensure that students get the information they need in good time”, explains Aliat Corporate Director of Technological Innovation Jesús Deloya Bello.
Three of the universities that are members of the Aliat alliance already have most of their content online, namely La Concordia, Tangamanga and ETAC, and some of their generations of students have already graduated via programs that are 100% online.
*Jesús Deloya Bello, Corporate Director of Technological Innovation, Aliat.
* Photos by: AFP Keith Dannemiller, Mexico City photo by: 123rf