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ASU may establish affiliate in Mexico

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012

Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012 16:10

asu with mexican delegates

Staci Vandagriff, Photo Editor

At Saturday’s football game against Western Kentucky, ASU Chancellor Tim Hudson brought delegates from Mexico onto the field during halftime to introduce them to the crowd. Hudson met with the delegates through the weekend discussing the possibility of a sister campus in Querétaro, Mexico.

mexican delegate

Staci Vandagriff, Photo Editor

Arkansas State University may be establishing an affiliate school in Querétaro, Mexico.

ASU Chancellor Tim Hudson announced in a press release, “We now have reached a major juncture in the due diligence of this project that, if fully realized as a sister campus operation in Querétaro, could ultimately transform the trajectory of higher education in Mexico and position Arkansas State as a leader in innovative global education delivery.”

Dalia Tejada, a member of the Hispanic Outreach and Latino Appreciation organization (HOLA) and graduate student of Bogata, Columbia said she thinks it is a great opportunity.

“I’ve been told that I would have great job opportunities for my Ed.D if this sister school would be realized.”

Hudson explained that the partnership set up for this project is not only to benefit ASU, but Mexico as well to promote higher education for students there.

“There is a growing interest and growing need for students in Mexico to pursue a college education,” Hudson said.

The delegates of Mexico that are part of this project toured ASU this past weekend.

“It’s a courtship,” Hudson said. “They want to meet students. They want to look at our academic program.”

Many variables, from the weather to where the trains were located, were taken into consideration when deciding where to put a university. “Querétaro is the best place for such a university,” Hudson said.

Corporations such as Nestle’ are located in Querétaro as well as Jonesboro.

“Querétaro has a big, international corporate community,” Hudson said.

German Vasquez, a freshman of Santa Rosa, Texas, said he believes that students would benefit in the sister school, especially if they are studying Spanish.

“(Students) could use ideas and plans to connect and help the community around campus and possibly the whole country of mexico,” Vasquez said.

“Having the sister school in Mexico is of great benefit because it is nearby and it could also lead to other branches of the university in other parts of the world,” Tejada said. “Not only would this school motivate Hispanics to attend a university but for other students to have the ability to know other cultures.”

Hudson talked to students at a Hispanic heritage mixer at the Multicultural center last Thursday about how knowing Spanish has helped him with this project.

“I know that the ability to at least be empathetic with their culture, their point of view, to have friendships and relationships, it’s probably due to the fact that I can speak enough Spanish to get along with them and to understand them,” Hudson said.

“The main goal is to provide Mexican students with an alternative,” Hudson said.

Hudson met with the delegates over the weekend, hosting a tour of the campus, a luncheon as part of Legislative Day and a reception at the Chancellor’s Residence.

The delegates finished the weekend by watching the Red Wolves play Western Kentucky.

Hudson is set to announce the results of the meetings this week.


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