SUNY & Mexico Partner to Enhance English Language Skills Abroad

April 25, 2013

From left, U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne, Puebla State Governor Rafael Moreno Valle, SUNY Vice Chancellor Brian Hutzley Sign Agreement for Intensive Summer Program

Albany — The State University of New York today entered into an agreement with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and the Government of Puebla State to deepen the University's engagement with Puebla and bring enhanced global opportunities to SUNY students.

As part of the agreement, a new SUNY-Puebla Intensive English Program will be launched this summer and bring 53 English professors and students from Puebla's public technical universities to participate in a six-week intensive English program offered simultaneously on four SUNY campuses: University at Albany, University at Buffalo, SUNY New Paltz, and Stony Brook University.

“SUNY is proud to partner in this effort with the government of Puebla State and our embassy in Mexico to enhance global opportunities for student on our campuses and help meet an increasing need in our neighboring country for English language skills,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Governor Rafael Moreno Valle and U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne are to be commended for their leadership and focus on education in bringing this important program to both of our states.”

U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne said, "Alliances like this one between universities in the U.S and Mexico, be they public or private, serve as an excellent base to expand academic exchanges and research, which we hope will be replicated on the future. To my friends from SEP Puebla and SUNY, I congratulate you for this commitment to deepen our ties with a solid relationship between the states of New York and Puebla."

The SUNY-Puebla program is one of the first efforts in Mexico to take place under President Obama's “100,000 Strong in the Americas” education initiative, in which the U.S. Department of State is working with institutions of higher education to encourage expanded exchanges and closer partnerships between U.S. and Latin American and Caribbean universities and colleges.

Since the SUNY-Puebla program was first designed, Mexico's federal Education Ministry as well as the Autonomous University of Hidalgo State have also decided to send first-time delegations of English professors to SUNY campuses this summer.

SUNY is one of the most engaged and visible U.S. institutions of higher education in Mexico. Established in 2004, SUNY's programs in Mexico generate and support system-wide initiatives as well as existing campus programs and those seeking to establish new ties and initiatives. SUNY has formed important relationships with many of the top research and teaching centers in Mexico, including the National Autonomous University (UNAM), the Mexican Council on Science and Technology (CONACyT), and the Tec de Monterrey.

Puebla, the capital city of Puebla State, is Mexico's fourth largest municipality and located two hours east of Mexico City. It is one of Mexico's most important education and manufacturing hubs and many Mexican and Mexican-Americans currently living in New York come from this region.

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