The Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) celebrated staff at the 2017 Awards Ceremony for 25 and 30 years of Academic and Work Service. The event congratulated members of the Federation of Autonomous Associations of UAEM Academic Staff (FAAPAUAEM) with many years of service. Kicking off the ceremony, UAEM rector Jorge Olvera García said that the talent of university students must permeate government policy, structural reforms and the demands of the most disadvantaged groups and that they should favor inclusion, harmonious coexistence and, of course, tolerance.
Olvera García was accompanied by FAAPAUAEM general secretary Víctor Manuel Pineda Gutiérrez and 151 university professors. Olvera García said that teachers are necessary and essential in institutional development. While talking to them for the last time as the dean of the university, Olvera García talked about the solidarity that FAAPAUAEM brought his administration, backing their efforts and their projects during the 2013-2017 administration.
Olvera García thanked Pineda Gutiérrez for his solidarity.
Meanwhile, Pineda Gutiérrez stressed that FAAPAUAEM is proud to have professionals committed to their professional work, making it abundantly clear that teachers are key players in the education sector and in change. He said that more than 7,000 UAEM professors were fundamental in the ability to teach more than 80,000 students.
Representing the awardees, María del Rocío García de León Pastrana, said that UAEM teachers are all-around professionals who are satisfied to carry out their work. “Our experience has the particularity of being a major player in the teaching-learning process,” she said.
She said that the turn of the century, the emergence of new information technologies, the culture of knowledge, WhatsApp and social networks challenged university teachers to develop creative ways to construct playful, multi-sensory and dynamic learning environments and to interest a students in an entirely different manner than those of a few decades ago.