Tecnológico Nacional de México (TecNM) officials visited NMSU on November 16 and 17th to discuss details following the signing of an agreement between the two institutions in July of this year, when Chancellor Carruthers and other NMSU officials traveled to Mexico City for a signing ceremony. The TecNM visit to Las Cruces was funded and organized by the Office of International & Border Programs, in collaboration with the Graduate School and Office of the Vice president for Economic Development.
Maestro Manuel Quintero Quintero, Director General of TecNM, led the delegation, which also included Ofelia Angulo Guerrero, Secretary of Outreach and Partnerships, Jesús Flores Morfín, Director of Continuing and Distance Education, and eight presidents of Technological Universities in Northern Mexico. TecNM is a system of 266 universities with 556,000 students enrolled in their institutions, constituting one eighth of all students enrolled in higher education in the country of Mexico.
During the two day visit extensive meetings were held with university leadership, including Associate Provost for International & Border Programs Cornell H. Menking, Vice President for Economic Development Kevin Boberg, Dean of the graduate school Louis Reyes.
Many action items resulted from the visit, including plans to work more closely on distance education projects, economic development projects that include industry, students and faculty, student exchange programs, and perhaps most importantly detailed next steps to accommodate up to 1,000 TecNM students by 2018. NMSU is planning to except 300 students next year, many of which will start with intensive English in IBP’s Center for English Language Programs, and then matriculate into masters programs in the fall and spring.