The foundation process
Our university was founded by the religious congregations of the Daughters of Immaculate Mary of Guadalupe, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the Marist Brothers, and the Brothers of La Salle, all of which were supported by an enthusiastic association of catholic citizens.
An agreement was signed by the Guadalupe Congregation, the Marist Congregation, the De La Salle Congregation, and the Archbishopric of Monterrey in 1972. The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus later joined the agreement. Back then, UDEM had six institutes that ran 22 undergraduate programs and three graduate level programs.
Support from entrepreneurs
In the early 80s, some members of the religious congregations returned to their institutes, but they maintained their presence in the Executive Board and continued to be active in the teaching field. For their part, the entrepreneurs continued to be involved in the development of the University, enriching it with a different perspective.
Development and accreditations
The 90s was a time of growth during which various undergraduate programs were opened that strengthened the University’s academic offer. In 1993, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved UDEM’s application to join this association.
The first decade of the 21st century
In 2000, UDEM became the first university in the country to staff 100 percent of their master’s degree courses with faculty members who hold doctoral degrees, the South Building of the San Pedro Unit was opened, the Sport Education Center was set in motion, and a record number of new students joined the institution.
The Roberto Garza Sada Center for Art, Architecture, and Design was opened in April 2013 in an event attended by its author, Japanese architect Tadao Ando. As part of UDEM's 50th anniversary, Estoa, the new entrance gate to the campus, a project designed by renowned Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao, was inaugurated in May 2019. This building is connected to the campus through El Solar, a space with more than 20,000 square meters of green areas, rivers, fountains and waterfalls to encourage outdoor gathering and socializing.