Instituto Politécnico Nacional


Mission and Vision

Institutional Mission

The IPN contributes to the social and economic development of the nation through an integral competence based training set on research, ICT’s and innovation while globally acknowledged for its quality and social impact.


To be an inclusive educational institution with international prestige whose community contributes to the scientific, technological and innovative development with social impact within the country.


Politecnical Identity


Students' concerns dictated the initiative to create the symbols that would identify the nascent polytechnic institution. In the years 1944-1945, the National Federation of Technical Students (FNET) launched a call to design a shield representative of the schools that were part of the IPN. The first prize was awarded to student Armando López Fonseca who, with the help of his colleague Jorge Grajales, managed to make his design the winner. The shield was modified in 1948 while preserving its original elements.


Motto: "The Technique at the Service of the Fatherland"

This phrase was used by some students long before the creation of the IPN, but it was during the first National Congress of Technical Students, held in the city of Chihuahua in 1937, that the then student Jesus Robles Martinez was elected president of the National Federation of Technical Students (FNET) and proposed a motto in order to represent the ideals of the student organization. The phrase "The Technique at the Service of a Better Country" was initially coined and should be used as a corollary of all of its proposals. This motto was later modified to "The Technique at the Service of the Homeland", which expresses the ideals of the Polytechnic./p>

Anthem of the IPN

During the administration of general director Eugenio Méndez Docurro (1959-1962), the celebrations were prepared to commemorate the XXV Anniversary of the IPN Foundation and a call was issued to create the Hymn that would represent the Institute. The winner of the contest in the area of the lyrics was teacher and poet Carmen de la Fuente (1915-2013). Later, the competition was opened to select the music, item in which the professor of musical education from Bellas Artes, (Palace of Fine Arts) Armando González Domínguez, became the winner. The Polytechnic Hymn was first performed on August 19, 1961, at the XXV Anniversary ceremony in the new Polytechnic of Zacatenco, attended by Adolfo López Mateos, then President of Mexico.



In 1932, a plan was elaborated to integrate and give proper structure to a technical teaching system. Narciso Bassols, Luis Enrique Erro and Carlos Vallejo Márquez, all of them IPN alumni, participated prominently on this project.

In 1936, Juan de Dios Bátiz and Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, respectively senator in congress and President of Mexico helped bring this project to fruition proposing to carry out the postulates in education established during the Mexican Revolution thus resulting in the creation of the IPN.

The IPN was conceived to promote the development and equity, support the process of industrialisation of the country and create alternatives for education in every sector of the population, and more specifically the socially disadvantaged groups.


Institutional Elements

The IPN mascot

It is customary for higher education institutes and their sport clubs to have a mascot. Not to be outdone, the IPN’s is a white donkey. There are different versions about its origin, the most popular being that when setting the area where the IPN was to be built, in the old Hacienda de Santo Tomás in the 30’s, a white donkey was left in the field. When students and football players from the first team saw the poor animal, it was immediately adopted as the mascot. Through the years, the white donkey became one of the symbols at IPN, particularly in sports.


Porque aspiro a ser todo un hombre, Porque exijo mis deberes antes que mis derechos,​ Por convicción y no por circunstancia,​ ​* Para alcanz​ar las conquistas universales y ofrecerlas a mi pueblo,​ ​* Porque me d​uele la Patria en mis entrañas y aspiro a calmar sus dolencias,​ ​* Porque ardo en deseos de despertar al hermano dormido,​​ Para prender una antorcha en el altar de la Patria,​ Porque me dignifico y siento el deber de dignificar a mi institución,​ Porque mi respetada libertad de joven y estudiante me impon​e la razón de respetar este recinto,​ Porque traduzco la tricromía de mi bandera como trabajo, deber y honor​.

Cheering chant

One sport that grew along the creation of the IPN happened to be American football. It has been part of the institution ever since and, as a consequence, has had a great impact on fans who have erupted in cheers to support the IPN football team with the “chiquitibum” and the institutional currently used cheer song “huélum”. On 16 March 1985, Víctor Chambón Burgoa, the “huelum” author, recounted: “In 1937, knowing that I had composed a number of battle chants sung by the IPN football players, a gang of boys and girls forming one of the first leading groups of supporters came to me. As the word to assemble students was “huelga, huelga!” I suggested using the word “huélum” instead. In addition, we decided not to use the interjection “rah, rah” since it had already been used in the “Goya” (the chant for the UNAM), and a very commonly used word in the United States. A girl told me that she believed that the IPN was the “Glory” while someone else insisted in creating something really catchy; as a result, the “cachiporra” was born. After a couple of hours chatting and discussing, the official IPN battle chant was ready.


IPN on the timeline