Centro Tepoztlán Víctor Urquidi, A. C.
Centro Tepoztlán A. C. since its faundation in 1980, provides a farum far the independent and interdisciplinary research, analysis and discussion of the fundamental issues and themes of our contemporary world. lts purpose is to generate serious, honest and socially relevant debates on the problems of modern lite, and to propase alternative solutions far the future.
Through the initiative of its illustrious members, and in collaboration with other individuals and institutions–national and international– Centro Tepoztlán organizes and sponsors research projects, seminars and colloquia. These events provide an unusual meeting ground where scholars, public servants and corporate leaders can exchange views on contemporary problems. In particular, its “dialoguemeetings” provide a free-ranging and open environment far the interdisciplinary discussion of contemporary themes.
The Center has a General Assembly per year, the Executive Councils considered necessary, a monthly schedule of Meetings-Dialogue in its facilities, as well as seminars or conferences co-organized with other institutions. In the case of the Meetings-Dialogue, a presentation of an hour and a half to two hours, with a recess of 30 minutes, to finish with a section of questions, comments and answers of hour and a half. The events that take place in the facilities of the Centro Tepoztlán are directed to the associates of this, as well as for previously identified guests, depending on the theme to be treated. The events that the Center co-organizes are usually broadcast on the Center’s social networks.
Tepoztlán -“a place where copper abounds”- is located in the state of Morelos, about 45 miles away from Mexico City. lt is a microcosm of North and South: a rural town whose intense cultural tradition faces the modernizing influence of neighboring cities such as Cuernavaca or Cuautla and, above all, the metropolitan area of the Federal District. On a more practica! level, Tepoztlán’s proximity to the great urban metropolis is doubly advantageous: urban amenities are within easy access, yet the town’s natural beauty and distance from urban turbulence fasters concentration and study. A central meeting room that accommodates as many as 50 participants is housed in a traditional adobe structure surrounded by a lush garden of clase to an acre. Centro Tepoztlán is financed with donations and membership fees.
Víctor Luis Urquidi Bingham is considered one of the most outstanding Mexican economists of the twentieth century. In 1940 he obtained a Bachelor of Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and in 1941 he joined the Department of Economic Studies of the Bank of Mexico. He also worked in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit and in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). From 1949 to 1957 he was director of the magazine El Trimestre Económico.
In 1964, Urquidi co-founded the Center for Economic and Demographic Studies of El Colegio de México, which allowed the creation of the first postgraduate degree in economics in Mexico. He was President of this house of studies from 1966 to 1985 and in 1989 was appointed professor emeritus. He contributed to the creation of El Colegio de Jalisco, El Colegio de Michoacán, El Colegio de Puebla, El Colegio de Sonora and El Colegio de Tlaxcala, as well as the Centro Tepoztlán.
On August 1, 1960, he entered the National College with the address “Responsibility of the economy and the economist”, which was answered by Dr. Daniel Cosío Villegas, resigned his appointment on January 1st, 1968. Received the National Award of Sciences and Arts in the area of History, Social Sciences and Philosophy in 1977, and the National Prize of Demography in 1994 for his research on migrations from Mexico to the United States. He was appointed Researcher Emeritus of the National System of Researchers of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) in 2003. In 1990 he obtained the First Ibero-American Prize of Economy “Raúl Prebisch”. In addition, he was a member of the Club of Rome and president of the International Economic Association from 1980 to 1983. On September 2, 2005, the University of Guadalajara awarded him the Honoris Causa Doctorate (In Memoriam).