Universidad Panamerican AFE Award photo

Pan American University located in Mexico City receives the APPA Award for Excellence

The Pan American University receives the International APPA Award

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The Pan-American University (UP) is the first university in Latin America to receive this recognition for its excellence in the area of administration and operation of educational institutions. UP received the award July 22, 2017, the Award for Excellence (AFE) 2017 from APPA, Leadership in Education Facilities in San Francisco, California.

The APPA Award for Excellence is the highest honor bestowed for the vision and mission institutional for the work in the area of operations, and exceptional achievements in administrative management matters. The designation of the AFE is valid for a period of five years and the institutions that receive it gain national and international recognition.

Dr. Santiago Garda Alvarez, UP’s Chancellor, of the Mexico campus, received the award on behalf of the institution.  In his message he said, “It is an honor and a great experience for the Pan American University to receive the APPA award, this organization is dedicated to fostering better practices in operational issues in universities; they did an analysis of the procedures in the Mexico campus, they spoke with many people who work in the campus.  Their conclusion was that the UP deserved the recognition. We are very proud of the people working in operations at UP. Congratulations!”

The Chancellor made reference to the comments spoken at the ceremony by the APPA executives, but what caught their attention was, “the way the UP operates, its procedures, but above all, its work culture, in all levels of the organization there is a philosophy for the work well done, the care of the small things, the spirit of service, and the attention centered on the person. This is demonstrated, for example, in the cleanliness that exists throughout the UP and in the quality of service of its people in operations. He emphasized the fact that they have found out and made the comment is a source of pride for us, it shows that our philosophy is a living practice.”

In his message, Paul Wuebold, Vice president of Professional Affairs for APPA and Chairman of the Awards and Recognition Committee said, “The UP has demonstrated its ability to coordinate three locations, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Aguascalientes. The Award for Excellence is focused on the work done by the Direction of Operations of the facilities that oversees the 35 buildings that make up the precinct of Mexico City. The institutions that receive the Award for Excellence are true leaders in the administration of the facilities in the educational field.”

The APPA AFE is designed to recognize the excellence in the field of educational facilities. The Award nominations are based on seven criteria: leadership, strategy and operational planning, customer focus, information and analysis, human resources development and management, process management, and performance results.

Another university honored with the Award for Excellence 2017 was the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The institutions were recognized during the awards banquet at the APPA Annual Conference 2017 in San Francisco, California, USA.