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Sept. 28: Minnesota State Mankato to Honor 'Mexican Proyecta 100,000' Scholarship Recipients

Group has spent the past four weeks participating in an English language-training program.

2015-09-25
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 9-25-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport and Alberto Fierro, head counsel for the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul, will honor 29 Mexican students at a Monday, Sept. 28 reception from 9-10:30 a.m. in Centennial Student Union’s room 245.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The reception is not open to the public, but media are welcome to attend.)

The 29 Mexican students have spent the past four weeks participating in an English language-training program conducted by the University’s Intensive English Language Institute and South Central College. The program is jointly sponsored by the Mexican Ministry of Public Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The students will return to their home institutions on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Minnesota State Mankato was previously host to a similar cohort of Mexican students in November 2014.

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, Minnesota State Mankato’s dean of Global Education, by phone at 507-389-2900 or by email at stephen.stoynoff@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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