El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, henceforth referred to as COLEF, is a Research Center that was founded in 1982. Its mission can be broken down into three goals:

These goals are further broken down into four strategic objectives:

COLEF’s headquarters are located in Tijuana; in addition it has branches in Monterrey, Ciudad Juarez, Mexicali, Nogales, Piedras Negras, Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros. There is also an outreach and extension office, Casa Colef, in Mexico City.

COLEF is a member of the network of the Public Centers of Research of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT)

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El COLEF has six academic departments: Public Administration, Cultural Studies, Economic Studies, Social Studies, Population Studies and Urban and Environmental Studies. In addition, there are five supporting areas: Statistics, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Science, Communications, and University Press.

COLEF undertakes the following major research work:

Research at COLEF is carried out by 107 academics; 91 per cent have a PhD degree; 75 per cent are distinguished members of the National System of Researchers (SNI).

Colef also publishes two biannual scientific journals «Frontera Norte» and «Migraciones Internacionales».

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El Colef runs five Master and one PhD degree programs; all of them part of the National Register of Postgraduate Studies of Excellence (PNPC, according to its initials in Spanish) of CONACYT. All students who enroll receive scholarships from CONACYT, and are provided with well-equipped working facilities.

Additionally, COLEF regularly offers many and varied certified short courses onsite as well as virtual teaching through teleconferences and other media.

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Outreach and Extension

COLEF carries out activities in collaboration with other academic institutions, governmental agencies at federal, state and municipal levels, as well as public and private organizations. Such activities are carried out through agreements, debates, presentations of academic products and research results.

Highlights of outreach and extension programs are:

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