SUNY Campuses Train English Teachers, Students from Mexico

July 29, 2013

Albany — Four State University of New York campuses recently welcomed 80 university professors and students and public school English teachers from Mexico as part of the system's Intensive English Program, which is one of the first efforts in Mexico to take place under President Obama's “100,000 Strong in the Americas” education initiative.

As part of the program and pictured below, the University at Albany, University at Buffalo, SUNY New Paltz, and Stony Brook University are offering summer language study to the participating professors, students, and teachers.

“Summer Intensive English programs at SUNY enroll students from all over the world, and we are thrilled that this new program has attracted 80 Mexican participants in its inaugural year,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “SUNY's international partnerships help us provide a truly global education to our students in New York, and allow our expert faculty to provide needed services to colleagues abroad.”

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 State students with University at Albany President Robert Jones
UAlbany President Robert Jones welcomes group of university professors from Puebla State. UAlbany's Intensive English Language Program is also providing further English training this summer to a cohort of 20 public school English teachers sent by Mexico's federal public education ministry.


Puebla State students at the University at Buffalo
Puebla students outdoors at the University at Buffalo.


Puebla State students with SUNY New Paltz English Language director Connie Perdreau 
Public university professors from Puebla with SUNY New Paltz's Haggerty English Language Program Director Connie Perdreau. The program is also providing intensive training to seven Mexican English professors from the Autonomous University of Hidalgo State.


Puebla State students with Stony Brook Intensive English Center Assistant Director Kathleen Dixon
Puebla university students at Stony Brook pose with Intensive English Center Asst. Director Kathleen Dixon.


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