A group of administrators from Mexican universities visited the University of New Mexico recently to explore ways to provide faculty and student exchanges, as well as identify additional ways UNM can collaborate with the Mexican universities.

Representatives of universities from the Central Mexico state of Morelos attended, including Universidad Fray Luca Paccioli, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Universidad Tecnológica Emiliano Zapata, Universidad Politecnica, and others from the greater Mexico City area and Monterrey.

The administrators met with people at the Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the National Hispanic Culture Center. Then, they were given an orientation to some of UNM's offices that provide service to faculty, staff and students who study or conduct research in Mexico.

"They toured UNM schools and colleges, and visited with a number of academic departments, particularly nursing, business, communication and engineering, " said Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, vice president of Student Affairs, who organized the visit. He added that they met with undergraduate and graduate students about their UNM experiences.

"Many expressed an interest in collaborating with us. They met with College of Nursing Dean Nancy Ridenour and I think a collaborative program will come out of that. Some of the nursing faculty will be visiting Cuernavaca this summer," Torres said.

Another initiative is likely to develop between UNM, New Mexico State University and the intercultural universities in Mexico. Those institutions serve Mexico's indigenous populations.

At a luncheon, the Mexican administrators were seated with people in their academic interest areas to encourage communication. Torres included faculty and administrators from Central New Mexico Community College because some of the schools also offer culinary arts. Following the luncheon, the group went to tour CNM's facilities.

Torres said that the visit was successful. "Bringing people together face-to-face is the best way to develop collaborations. This is another step UNM is taking to reach out and work with our colleagues in Mexico."

See the slideshow from the reception at University House.

Media contact: Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu