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Creating international opportunities for MAP students

Posted: March 3, 2016 3:00 p.m.

A gift from the U of R was presented during the signing ceremony. (l-r) Prof. Carmen Beatriz Lopez-Portillo Romano (Rector, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana),  Dr. Vianne Timmons (President, U of R)) and Rae Staseson (Dean, Faculty of Media, Art and Performance).
A gift from the U of R was presented during the signing ceremony. (l-r) Prof. Carmen Beatriz Lopez-Portillo Romano (Rector, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana), Dr. Vianne Timmons (President, U of R)) and Rae Staseson (Dean, Faculty of Media, Art and Performance). Photo courtesy of Arturo Segura, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

It’s getting easier for University of Regina students and faculty to study and teach in Mexico – and vice-versa.

The U of R has signed two international agreements of co-operation that will support academic exchanges and collaborations of students and faculty members of the Faculty of Media, Art and Performance (MAP) between Canada and Mexico.

MAP and the School of Arts and Culture of the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana have entered into a partnership that brings opportunities to their students to study abroad at the partner institution to undertake credit courses towards their undergraduate degree.

The agreement also supports faculty mobility for research, lectures, and academic discussions.

"This is an historic occasion” says Rae Staseson, Dean of Media, Art, and Performance. “We are excited to share information about our programs and very pleased to be presenting Goya, a new opera performance devised by our own Faculty that really showcases our abilities, to our future partners in Mexico.”    

Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, located in the beautiful and inspirational historic downtown of Mexico City, offers a variety of academic programs focused on creative technologies, theatre production, art studies, and art and culture management.

“I was reading the Strategic Plan of the University of Regina and it really resonated with me because establishing these types of academic collaborations truly makes us stronger. Not only stronger as an academic institution, but stronger as global partners,” says Prof. Carmen Beatriz Lopez-Portillo Romano, Rector of the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana.

The U of R has also partnered with The School of Communication of the Universidad Anahuac, Campus Mexico Norte.

Universidad Anahuac is part of a network of universities located throughout Mexico, Latin America, United States, and Europe. The partnership offers the opportunity to take credit courses for students who want to focus on theatre production, event planning in the arts, management of art galleries, film festivals, and concert production. This partnership also supports academic collaborations and mobility between faculty members.   

“The University of Regina has a strong tradition of international partnership, and it is wonderful to build on that by signing agreements with Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana and Universidad Anahuac, Campus Mexico Norte,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor. “These agreements will open new doors for our Faculty of Media, Art and Performance by creating international student study opportunities and faculty collaborations that are so important to any university.”

The University of Regina provides opportunities for domestic students to study in other countries with the Study Abroad Program, where more than 800 U of R students have studied in 80 different countries. 

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