The Governor of Baja California, Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda, accompanied authorities from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), headed by the rector Enrique Graue Wiechers, to the commissioning of the new facilities of the Northwest Research and Teaching Station “Héctor Felipe Fix-Fierro” (ENID), located in the city of Tijuana.
Avila Olmeda recalled that, in addition to academic preparation, the ENID staff will focus on solving problems arising from border dynamics and will develop a regional, plural legal approach with a solid research methodology, applied to the sociocultural reality of Baja California.
The Governor maintained that research will be developed with deep intellectual foundations, political impartiality, and above all, a profound vocation for social utility, which will have a positive impact on our entity and our region.
For his part, the Chancellor of UNAM stressed that the institution has been present for decades in Ensenada and San Pedro Mártir, and now expands its presence on the border by having a space in Tijuana.
He explained that the complexity of migratory and border phenomena from a global perspective will be addressed from various disciplines. When pondering the issue of national and international migration that occurs in the region, the rector of UNAM reflected that “thus, our border becomes a spirit of hope for them and them, making our cross-border boundaries, the greatest in the world.”
The ENID has been operating in Tijuana for seven and a half years but until now it has its facilities, consisting in its first stage of two thousand square meters of construction, with classrooms, cubicles, an auditorium, offices, and a library with more than 27 thousand legal copies, among other facilities.
The event was also attended by Guadalupe Valencia García, coordinator of Humanities at UNAM; Pedro Salazar Ugarte, director of the UNAM Legal Research Institute; Luis Agustín Álvarez Icaza Longoria, administrative secretary of the UNAM; Juan Vega Gómez, director of the ENID and as a special guest the researcher Marina del Pilar Olmedo García.