Higher education in the Paso del Norte Region


There are 9 higher education institutions in the region: 5 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua (Mexico), 2 in El Paso (US), and 2 in Las Cruces (US).

Higher education institutions in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

About 27,500 students are enrolled at the 5 HEIs in Ciudad Juarez (2006-07).

The largest HEI is the Universidad Autónoma de Cd. Juárez (18,500 students), which is a local public institution. It has an autonomous local governing body.

Instituto Tecnológico de Cd. Juárez has approximately 5,000 students. It belongs to the federal system of technical institutes.

There are also three smaller institutions and campuses with total enrolment of approximately 3,000 students. They offer mainly technical degrees:


Higher education institutions in El Paso, US

About 51,200 students are enrolled in HE in El Paso.

About 60% of El Paso’s student population attends the El Paso Community College (31,000 students). 22,000 students (40%) attend the University of Texas at El Paso. It enrols the largest number of Mexican students of any US university. These students come primarily from the neighbouring state of Chihuahua.


Higher education institutions in Las Cruces, US

About 44,100 students are enrolled in Las Cruces HEIs.

35% attend Doña Ana Community College and 65% study at the New Mexico State University. New Mexico State University has a research budget of $140 million - the highest in the region. Five research clusters compose the majority of the research, including biosciences, aerospace, natural resources, information science and border region modelling.


Higher education institutions (HEIs) and regional engagement

Paso del Norte's HEIs engage in regional development in different ways:

  • Hosting business incubators
  • Offering continuing education programmes oriented to local industry
  • Adapting degree programmes to local industry’s needs
  • Opening up the HEIs infrastructure to private businesses

Research focussing on regional needs:



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