Students from Mexico taking customized English language enhancement program at the U of R

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: May 20, 2022 8:00 a.m.

 Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky (left) holding Saskatchewan’s flag with Haroon Chaudhry (right) and students from Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan who will be participating in the International Mobility Program at the U of R.
Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky (left) holding Saskatchewan’s flag with Haroon Chaudhry (right) and students from Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan who will be participating in the International Mobility Program at the U of R. Photo: UR International

On May 18, 2022, the first of three groups of students (22 out of 65 students in total) from Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan, Mexico arrived at the University of Regina to participate in a specialized 3-week training program to enhance their English language skills. The students are part of the International Mobility Program hosted by the U of R.

“Earlier this month, I was very pleased to participate in a mission to Mexico with Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky and representatives of other post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan to build student mobility and research opportunities for post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan and Mexico,” said Haroon Chaudhry, Acting Associate Vice-President (International).

“While there, I also had the opportunity to meet the students who are coming to study here and I’m extremely confident they will benefit from their studies, enjoy our beautiful campus and welcoming community and become great ambassadors for our University, city, and province.”

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Students from Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan, Mexico and U of R officials during the morning orientation session on May 19. Photo: UR International

“It's been a great experience already even though just for one day,” said student Kaori Meza. “I feel super special to be here. The program seems to have a lot of fun activities, and I'm looking forward to all of them! The entire staff is very warm and friendly; I feel welcomed.”

Student Andrea Herrera agreed, “It's a GREAT experience. The campus is awesome, and the program has a lot of activities that will improve our English skills. I look forward to the program!”

During the mission discussions occurred around future academic collaborations, such as customized short-term programs, student/faculty mobility, joint research, etc. Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan, Mexico (UADY), Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México (IBERO). Of particular note was the discussion regarding the potential development of double degrees with IBERO.

“This was our first international mission in more than two years due to the pandemic, and it was a resounding success,” said Chaudhry.

Two other partnership agreements were recently signed between the U of R’s Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business (Levene GSB) and IPADE, which is ranked as one of the top graduate schools for business in Latin America:

Visiting Researcher (Mexico Chair Agreement)

Each year the Levene GSB will invite a researcher from IPADE to attend the U of R to increase knowledge about Mexico within the Canadian academic community and society, and encourage exchanges and cooperation between IPADE and the U of R. The first researcher is to expected to arrive in October 2022.

Graduate Student Exchange Agreement

Through this reciprocal student exchange program, graduate students in the Levene GSB's Executive Master of Business Administration Program or Master of Business Administration program, and students enrolled in IPADE Business School will be able to complete part of their studies at the partner institution. This program benefits students from both institutions and advances a commitment to international cooperation and intercultural competence. Two IPADE inbound students are expected to arrive in fall 2022.

“These agreements highlight the mutually beneficial relationship we have with IPADE and the important role international partnerships can play in creating new educational opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Gina Grandy, Dean of the Hill and Levene Schools of Business.

With more than 40 active agreements with Mexican universities and government entities Mexico has become a key international partner of the U of R.