Education and Training
Michelsen Consulting Ltd is a British company that
specialise in designing software for interactive
business training programmes. The Mexican subsidiary,
Laboratory for Business and Management Solutions (LABSAG)
has equipped 23 different universities and more than 100
campuses with business simulators including some of the
most prestigious universities in Mexico including the
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM),
the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) and the
Technologic Institute of Monterrey (ITESM).
They have been established in Mexico since 2003 but
Michelsen/LABSAG has been most successful since
2006, seeing 100 per cent annual increases in sales.
Their projection shows that in the long term (8-10 years),
their sales could exceed £2 million by equipping 30
universities per year.
In 2010-2011, more than 34.4 million
students finalised studies from basic
to higher education levels, accounting
for the 28.6 per cent of the Mexican
population; with a faculty of 1.8 million
teachers in 249,700 schools.
Education and Training is a high priority for the Mexican
Government. According to the latest Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports; the
government expends 22 per cent of total public funds to
education, around 7 per cent of the GDP. In
the Government's plans, education in Mexico will
concentrate on five pillars: upgrading of the education
infrastructure; continuing to incorporate Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) in classrooms; vocational
training and permanent evaluation and educational reform.
The Federal Education Ministry is committed to reducing the
urban-rural gap by investment and
A new educational reform has come into force, and a
National IT Skills Programme was introduced. The Programme
aims to create a major change in traditional educational
models of primary and lower secondary, virtual lower
secondary and the educational programmes for the
indigenous groups, by applying ICT teaching models.
Through the educational reform and the IT Skills Programme,
the Ministry of Education has approved a US$40 million
budget, aiming to equip 350,000 classrooms and 700 ICT
programmes for teachers by 2012.
Higher education enrolment has seen a strong and steady
increase since 2000.
Private sector enrols about 33.5 per cent and public
universities do not have the capacity to cover the total
demand, creating a market for private institutions.
Private institutions have increased their fees and students
able to afford the cost of private institutions are a serious
target audience for UK education providers.
Export of educational equipment and services.
Vocational training models.
Programme to strengthen higher education institutions.
Private sector training possibilities.
For the UK the main opportunities are mainly for on-line
courses (principally language training, but other
niche sectors have a demand for UK's expertise - for
example in Oil & Gas) and distance learning at an academic
level for MBAs.
English language training (mainly business English)
continues to offer serious opportunities.
Contact and Further Information
A report on the Mexican education sector as well as more
information about the specific business opportunities can
be obtained by contacting the UKTI team in Mexico
British Embassy Mexico City Tel: +52 55 1670 3243 Email:
Source - UKTI