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Campus welcomes delegation from Mexico

Posted: May 18, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the U of R, welcomes Dr. Lorena Alvarado (left of Dr. Timmons), National Academic Director of Polytechnic and Technological Universities in Mexico and her delegation. Also welcoming the delegation is Livia Castellanos (front, second from left), Executive Director of UR International.
Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the U of R, welcomes Dr. Lorena Alvarado (left of Dr. Timmons), National Academic Director of Polytechnic and Technological Universities in Mexico and her delegation. Also welcoming the delegation is Livia Castellanos (front, second from left), Executive Director of UR International. U of R Photography.

The University of Regina today welcomed a delegation from Mexico that included Dr. Lorena Alvarado, National Academic Director of Polytechnic and Technological Universities, as well as six presidents of various Mexican universities.

The delegation is in Regina May 18-20 to meet with various stakeholders, including the University of Regina, and to further collaborate on educational and research partnerships. The University currently has 34 active partnerships with institutions in Mexico.

“These long-standing partnerships serve to strengthen our academic and research enterprises, and help create opportunities for our students, faculty and staff to gain valuable international experience,” says President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, Dr. Vianne Timmons.

The event to introduce the delegation was hosted by UR International.

One of the speakers was Daneil Soto-Lopez, a graduate student in the University’s Industrial Systems Engineering program.  He says the University’s close relationship with Mexico helped open doors for him, and that without such agreements, he would not have been able to come to Regina, study and achieve his academic dreams.

The University of Regina’s fall enrolment statistics indicated nearly 2,000 students – 13.7 per cent of the total student population – are international. This is an increase of 8.5 per cent over last year and a 90.8 per cent increase since 2010.

“International education is vital to our province and our economy,” says Advanced Education Minister Scott Moe. “Our institutions are economic drivers. Having a student population with the opportunity to gain new perspectives and embrace the diversity that international students bring challenges us all to do better. These are some of the best ambassadors for Saskatchewan we could hope to have. This is part of what keeps Saskatchewan strong”.

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