Knowledge City

Knowledge city

The term "Knowledge City" is short hand for a regional economy driven by high value-added manufacturing and services created through research, technology and human capital.


“Education should be at the heart of public policy, for it is through education that social issues can really be addressed.”

Mayor Marcelo Ebrard.

Education is the foundation of a knowledge-based economy. A comprehensive education builds the skills, values and knowledge that will drive creativity and innovation in every sector of the economy.

Mexico City is the center of education in Mexico. The best universities and research institutes are based in the capital, including the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which is ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide and is the largest and most prestigious Spanish-speaking university in the world with more than 250,000 students.  Mexican universities are on the cutting edge of research and responsible for many of the technological achievements that are transforming Mexico City into a prosperous knowledge city.

Higher education, however, must be supported with strong commitemnts for primary education. Under the leadership of Mexico City’s Secretary of Education Mario Delgado, the government is implementing innovative programs such as Prepa Sí and Nin@s Talento to address the achievement gap by rewarding students who stay in school and investing in arts education and athletic teams.

Facts and Figures:

  • Mexico City home to 500 public and private universities and academic institutions. It has the highest literacy rate in the country. Half of all Mexicans with advanced degrees reside in Mexico City.
  • The prestigious National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has a presence in practically every Mexican state, offices in several cities abroad and shares 465 study plans and curricula with 308 educational institutions worldwide.
  • Mexico City is investing in improving educational quality and access in the 10,154 primary and secondary schools in Mexico City, through advocating higher academic standards, enhancing standardized texts, and implementing financial aid programs that enable hundreds of thousands of students from low-income families to stay in school through high school.
  • There are more than 2,000 Aulas Digitales (digital classrooms) with broadband computers in public primary schools in Mexico City, helping to bridge the digital divide.

Focus on Education:

The Prepa Sí program focuses on preventing students from dropping out of school for economic reasons. The program is designed to reward students at all levels for school attendance by providing financial support so students refrain from dropping out of school due to economic reasons. More than 230,000 students were enrolled in Prepa Sí.


The Nin@s Talento program encourages students between the ages of 6 and 15 years old to pursue their talents by offering classes in arts, sports and other disciplines. The highly exceptional students chosen for this program receive an annual grant that covers school supplies and transportation expenses. Ninety-six percent of the students participating in the program responded that the program has “helped me learn new things.”

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Address: Coyoacán Center

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November 06 – November 08, 2012

Millesime Mexico

A culinary event featuring the season’s most delicious delicacies, prepared by top chefs in contemporary cuisine. read more

November 07 – November 09, 2012 International Convention and Exhibition WTC


As a leading trade show in Latin America, ICOMEX brings experts in meetings tourism together with key industry buyers to provide networking and new business opportunities. read more

November 09 – November 19, 2012 Centro Nacional de las Artes

Feria Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil

Editors, writers, librarians and teachers gather in the capital to encourage a love of reading in Mexico’s children and youth. read more

November 14 – November 15, 2012 Expo Santa Fe

World Business Forum Mexico City 2012

The World Business Forum is an integrative and dynamic experience aimed at discussing today’s critical business issues. read more

November 15 – November 17, 2012 Expo Reforma

2ª Feria de Productos y Servicios de la Ciudad de México 2012

Showcasing the various products and services of Mexico City. read more

November 24 – November 25, 2012 World Trade Center

World Music Expo

Attend concerts and demonstrations, shop musical instruments, and expand upon your passion for music. read more

Surprising Fact

Mexico City hosted 10,039,833 guests in its hotels during 2009. Of that number, 8,035,206 were Mexican national tourists and 2,004,628 were foreign travelers.


Drawing from a variety quality of life and anticrime initiatives in Paris, New York, Amsterdam, and other cities, the newly-elected mayor [Ebrard] brings a unique blend of progressive ideas for the first time to one of the largest, most densely populated cities in the world.

— Eloise Quintanilla, Christian Science Monitor

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