The Doctorate in City, Territory and Sustainability answers the need to form researchers-teachers in the areas that correspond to management of the city, urban planning, territorial development and sustainability. The institutional importance of the program is seen in its effects at local, regional, national and international levels, through its linkage to foreign institutions.
Institutional Relevance: The Course of Studies (PE, Plan de Estudios) at Postgraduate level has, since it was first proposed, considered the institutional framework of the Institutional Development Plan of 1995-2001 in which the guidelines for regulations in the University Network were established. Subsequently the Course of Studies, PE, was integrated into the University of Guadalajara’s PDI Visión of 2010 (1998-2010), which sets out the general policies for consolidating and promoting the University Network. Three of the Strategic Lines of the PDI are related to the development, the internal evaluation and the planning of Postgraduate Courses of Studies: Educational Innovation, Research and Internationalizing.
Regional Relevance: The problem of centralization in the life of the nation cannot be ignored. According to figures for 1998, 47% of all postgraduate courses are concentrated in Mexico City, 30% are shared by another five states, and 6.5% are in Jalisco. Nearly half of the postgraduate courses on the Register of Excellence of CONCACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, the National Science and Technology Council) are located in the Federal District. The idea and the very real possibility of proposing and achieving a goal of Sustainable Development has fundamental support in Institutions of Higher Education, as well as political commitment and a way to engage with the community they are meant to serve in accordance with the basic aims that make it effective for society.
National Relevance: Currently there are in Mexico 6 licenciaturas or first degrees in Urban Studies and 5 postgraduate courses. In the present context, it is necessary for our country to acquire a greater capacity for taking part in scientific and technological progress. The dynamics of scientific and technological progress tend to accentuate the differences between different countries and different regions in the country, and even in local communities. Not everyone has access to the opportunities that will allow them to obtain the benefits of a timely development, and progress of this type also requires constant updating to match the prevailing needs of our reality. Academic processes should therefore adjust their strategies and programs to achieve a permanent renovation of the academic and administrative structures they operate in, in order to achieve dynamic efforts that can be transmitted, to as great an extent as possible and as soon as possible, to the scientific and technical practice that serves society, and form a consensus for attaining Sustainable Development.