National University Partnering with CETYS to Meet Needs of Border Workforce

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CETYS University, one of the top private universities in Mexico, is partnering with National University, a leader in adult-learner education and creating market-relevant programs, to offer Mexican students the chance to benefit from National University’s faculty subject expertise in the specialty areas of sustainability management, autism education, and information technology.

The agreement, formalized at a June 1st ceremony in Baja California, is part of a wider effort to increase educational exchanges between the United States and Mexico, opening the door for the two private nonprofit institutions to develop certificate programs for CETYS students in the three subject areas that have been identified as growth areas for the U.S-Mexico border region. It will also explore future areas of collaboration such as joint research projects, creating visiting professorships, and establishing possible dual degrees.

“We are partnering with National University so that in a very focused approach we can parlay in the strengths and synergies of both institutions so that we can offer in Baja California, to CETYS constituents, three specific Certificate Programs. What we hope is that through this partnership some areas that were not previously covered by our offering can now serve the cross border community more appropriately”, – Dr. Fernando Leon-Garcia.

Though the agreement will initially focus on CETYS students whose concentration of studies are in sustainability management, autism education, or information technology, courses will be open to any of CETYS’ more than 7,000 students. Qualified CETYS students may receive a 33 percent reduction in tuition and fees as a result of the agreement.

The new partnership is in line with President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the America’s initiative, which seeks to increase student mobility between the United States and the countries of the Western Hemisphere. It is also is consistent with Mexico’s Proyecta 100,000 program that aims to send 100,000 Mexican students to the United States and to receive 50,000 US students in Mexico by 2018.

“National University is proud to support the 100,000 Strong in the Americas and Proyecta 100,000 initiatives by partnering CETYS University in developing leaders who are committed to building cross-border efforts that are vital to the economy and culture of the California/Baja Bi-National Mega-Region,” – Dr. Bob Benson, National University’s Vice President of International Affairs.

Both National University and CETYS University are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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