New Mexican connection for U of R

By Dale Johnson Posted: May 12, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The General Director of Cooperation and Internationalization at UNAM, Armando Lodigiani, (left) signs a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Regina President Dr. Vianne Timmons.
The General Director of Cooperation and Internationalization at UNAM, Armando Lodigiani, (left) signs a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Regina President Dr. Vianne Timmons. Photo courtesy UR International

The options for international education through the University of Regina have been enhanced with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and an Undergraduate Student Exchange Program Agreement with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – UNAM – or in English, the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

The agreements open the door for students, faculty and staff to travel to between the two universities for study and research. The MOU also states the intention to plan and carry out joint research projects. As well, the two institutions will work to organize conferences and joint academic programs.  

“Agreements such as this are important for the University of Regina because they make it easier to collaborate with other institutions in a variety of areas,” says University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons. “Students from Mexico can have the flexibility of completing programs of study at our University, for example, while their professors have the option of pursuing teaching and research opportunities with colleagues at the University of Regina. At the same time, students and faculty members based here can add an international dimension to their academic work by studying, teaching, or conducting research in Mexico.”

The roots of the National Autonomous University of Mexico go back to 1551. It’s the largest university in Latin America, with more than 300,000 students and offering 113 undergraduate and 41 graduate programs. The campus of UNAM is a World Heritage site and it is the only Mexican university with Nobel Laureates among its alumni: Alfonso García Robles (Peace), Octavio Paz (Literature), and Mario Molina (Chemistry).

During the past five years, the number of international students at the University of Regina has almost doubled to over 2,000.  These students generate $20 million in revenue annually for the University, and over $35 million per year for the Regina area.

The University of Regina achieved top ranking in 2014 among Canadian comprehensive universities in international research collaboration. This was made possible by agreements like this one. The University of Regina has agreements with 100 institutions in 27 different countries.   

More than 1,600 current and former international students are making Saskatchewan their home through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program, supporting the growth of the economy of the province.

Here's where to find out more about the U of R's Study Abroad opportunities for undergraduate students.