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University to Host Cohort of Mexican Students During November

Group participating in month-long English language training program.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-5-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato is holding a welcome reception on Friday, Nov. 7 for a group of 30 Mexican students who arrived on campus on Monday, Nov. 3 to participate in a month-long English language training program.

Friday’s welcome reception will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Hearth Lounge. Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport and Alberto Fierro, head counsel for the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul, are scheduled to welcome the group to campus.

The short-term English language-training program will be conducted by the Intensive English Language Institute and is sponsored by the Mexican Ministry of Public Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Following the end of the program on Monday, Dec. 1, the students will return to their home institutions.

This short-term English language-training program is one part of a major bilateral higher education initiative signed by the presidents of Mexico and the United States in spring 2013 (formally referred to as The Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research or the acronym FOBESSI). The broad-based, multifaceted effort seeks to bring 100,000 Mexican students to U.S. colleges and universities over the next five years and to send 50,000 Americans to Mexican institutions.

The Mexican government covers the full cost of the Mexican students’ program of study in the U.S. and offers stipends to American students who want to study on short-term educational programs in Mexico. Additionally, other components of the program include the promotion of research collaboration and exchanges between U.S. and Mexican faculty, international internship opportunities for students from each country and opportunities for Mexican students to pursue undergraduate and graduate degree programs at U.S. institutions.

For more information on the FOBESSI initiative, please contact Stephen Stoynoff, interim dean of International Affairs, by phone at 507-389-2900 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,700 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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