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​​Misión y Visión​​​

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

Porra IPN  

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.

Mascota IPN  

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.


IPN on the timeline



  • Because I aspire to become a man,
  • Because I demand my duties before my rights,
  • Out of conviction and not of circumstance,​
  • To reach universal conquests and offer them to my people,
  • ​Because my homeland hurts within my entrails and I aspire to calm its pain,
  • Because I burn of desires to awake the sleeping brother,
  • To light a torch on my homeland’s altar,​
  • Because I dignify myself and I feel it a duty to dignify mi institution,​
  • Because my respected freedom as a young man and student commands me to respect this precinct,
  • Because I see the colours of my trichromatic flag as work, duty and honour.