By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Nearly 50 students and instructors from Mexico are attending Cal State San Bernardino as part of the Mexican government’s study abroad and exchange program to promote higher education, research and innovation.
The students and instructors are part of Proyecta 100,000, a Mexican government program that this month will bring more than 7,500 students and teachers from Mexico to U.S. colleges and universities, where they will study English as a Second Language and other education programs, said Tatiana Karmanova, the dean of the CSUSB College of Extended Learning.
“Exchanges and study abroad programs sponsored by Proyecta will promote academic mobility and expose students to new ideas and cultures, and will foment greater understanding between the two countries,” Karmanova said. “Cal State San Bernardino is proud to be a part of the Proyecta 100,000 initiative. We are committed to making the student’s experience on campus productive and successful.”
The program started in 2013, after a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto. Proyecta 100,000 was created because of Mexico’s determination to further develop a knowledge-based economy. The country has dedicated considerable resources to promoting higher education, research and innovation, and pledged to send 100,000 students on study abroad and exchange programs to the United States by 2018.
Through this project, Mexico hopes to strengthen the ties between the U.S. and Mexico, advance the development of its human resources and promote Mexico’s competiveness. Proyecta 100,000 is expected to increase cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries, with a goal to substantially increase the number of Mexican and U.S. exchange students in each other’s country.
The students and three local Mexican administrators were welcomed to campus during an opening ceremony held earlier this month at the university, Karmanova said. The event included a speech by Carolina Zaragoza Flores, Consul of Mexico in San Bernardino.