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NARETI Destinations



University of Calgary: Calgary, Alberta

The University of Calgary offers degree programs in eight areas of engineering: Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Geomatics, Mechanical, Oil & Gas, Software.  All are fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. The Biomedical Engineering Specialization (BMES), which will be central to this exchange, is an undergraduate program offered by the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary since 2004. The program educates and trains high-quality undergraduate students for a research or industry-related career in Biomedical Engineering.  Biomedical research at the University of Calgary can be divided into four broad themes: medical imaging, biomaterials & tissue engineering, biomechanics, and medical instrumentation & sensors.  Exchange students interested in these areas will be well served at Calgary.


Along with coursework, exchange students will have the opportunity to engage in a biomedical design project or work in a field experience. All BMES students at Calgary are required to fulfill practicum requirements as part of their degree and the university has deep experience facilitating these placements. Placements can involve work in the Biomedical Engineering industry or in academic research labs.



University of Toronto: Toronto, Ontario 

The University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching and 8th worldwide in engineering (Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings, 2009).  Toronto’s Biomedical Option is located in the Engineering Science program and one of the first undergraduate programs of its kind in Canada.

Exchange students in Toronto will benefit from the University’s resource-rich environment, which has led to 108 spin-off companies and research breakthroughs including the first electronic heart pacemaker, artificial larynx, single-lung transplant, and artificial pancreas.  The University of Toronto is affiliated with no less than 25 teaching hospitals and rehabilitation centers in the greater Toronto area (e.g. Bloorview Kids Rehab, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the University Health Network, and Women’s College Hospital) that offer student opportunities in the form of research assistantships, internships, and clinical observerships.

The Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) will also work with exchange students. IBBME is a unique, multi-disciplinary organization in which scientists and practitioners from applied science, engineering, medicine, dentistry and the life sciences collaborate to pursue research and graduate and undergraduate teaching mandates within the context of biomedical engineering. The Institute is made up of about 35 core faculty members, of whom more than 20 are tenured/tenure stream faculty. The Institute pursues research in four areas: neural, sensory systems and rehabilitation engineering; biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; molecular imaging and biomedical nanotechnology; medical devices and clinical technologies.



University of Guadalajara: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Originally founded in 1792, the University of Guadalajara is among the largest and most respected institutions of higher learning in Mexico. The Foreign Student Studies Center at the University was established in 1948 and welcomes 2,500 international students to campus each year.


As part of the first main divisions of the University, the Engineering faculty was founded in 1925. After sustained growth, the Exact Sciences and Engineering Center (CUCEI) was formed in 1994. CUCEI has three main divisions: Basic Sciences, Engineering, and Electronics and Computer Sciences. The Biomedical Engineering program is housed in the Electronic and Computer Science division and includes courses from all fields. 


Students on the exchange at Guadalajara will benefit from a robust program pillared by an electronics area with many research lines including robotics, teleoperation, biomaterials, optics, bioinformatics and systems analysis and control. They will also have the option for specialized clinical courses held at several hospitals around the city or at the many private sector points where CUCEI is engaged. Such an environment renders highly rich academic work and field experience for engineering students.



Technologico De Monterrey (ITESM) Chihuahua & Guadalajara

Tecnológico de Monterrey was founded in 1943 as a private, non-profit institution.  The ITESM System has 33 campuses around the country and has been operating for 67 years. Tecnológico de Monterrey promotes student and faculty exchanges with prestigious universities worldwide to develop academic and research projects and to form globally thinking professionals required in today’s market and research environments. 

The ITESM Chihuahua School of Engineering is divided in three departments: 1) Engineering and Architecture, 2) Information Technology and 3) Health Sciences. The Health Science department offers degrees in Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, which will be the focus of this exchange.

The Biomedical Engineering program at ITESM Chihuahua provides a solid formation in engineering, biological and exact sciences.  A unique characteristic of this program for exchange students is its offering of biological, anatomical and physiological courses in the medical school with medical students, providing a solid background in these disciplines and interaction with medical students and physicians.  To date, the program has three curricular lines: clinical engineering, bioinstrumentation, and biomechanics.


ITESM will also be able to provide exchange students quality field experiences through it work with hospitals, special education schools and rehabilitation.  To date, ITESM-Chihuahua has agreements with numerous field placement organizations including: UIS (develops clinical trials for the pharmaceutical companies and the health industry); General Public Hospital Zubrian (public hospital with several specialties such a burn unit, cardiology, oncology, etc.); Center for Rehabilitation and Special Education (public institution that provides physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy and language therapy to all populations); Center for Multiple Attentions (public schools for children with multiple impairments from the age of 1 year up to 18 years)




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