UTSA has created a 10-year agreement with the Teconológico de Monterrey System (ITESM) in Mexico, which will offer students the opportunity to study abroad at any of their 31 Mexican campuses. The program facilitates educational, research and cultural exchange programs between the two institutions.

The partnership has existed between UTSA and ITESM since 1997, but it will now include exchange programs in all the ITESM campuses in Mexico, such as Guadalajara, Queretaro and Puebla.

Along with exchange programs, the two universities will also provide joint research and education programs such as organized symposia, conferences and short courses on research issues, and exchange best practices in teaching, student development and research at each institution.

The ITESM system is one of the largest private multi-campus university systems in Latin America. Based in Monterrey, Mexico, it has 31 campuses in 25 different Mexican cities.

ITESM has one of the top graduate business schools, is a leader in patent applications among Mexican universities and was ranked in the 2010 QS World University Rankings, where it was number 65 worldwide in its Employer’s Review.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo believes that this partnership will broaden student experience and opportunities for success.

“Expanding this relationship will strengthen our ability to offer top-tier opportunities to students and scholars for pursuing education, research and collaboration abroad,” said Romo in a press release. He believes that UTSA and the Teconologico de Monterrey have very similar research interests and have been great collaborators.

“The strategic partnership with UTSA will facilitate and support our internationalization goals for faculty and students,” said David Noel Ramirez, president of the ITESM. “We are honored to work together and to have new avenues of collaboration.”

The first ITESM students will arrive this summer at the College of Business to study how to launch a start-up in the U.S.

The office of the vice president for research, college of engineering and the college of sciences will also host the Monterrey Institute of Technology Research Immersion Camp this summer.

The camp offers programs lasting from one to six weeks, and students will be housed on the UTSA campus.

Nestor Hernandez, a current UTSA student who attended ITESM at the Torreon campus, believes this agreement will be beneficial for students.

“I believe this is a great opportunity for students from all over Mexico to get to know UTSA. Likewise, UTSA students now can study abroad in practically any city in Mexico at a very well known university.”

Hernandez also believes this agreement will benefit his home campus in Torreon, better known as ITESM Campus Laguna. “This will make Campus Laguna an international university that could get involved in practices with UTSA in order to grow together.”

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