Georgian College and the higher education system in Mexico plan to work more closely together in the near future.
Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and Dr. Salvador Jara Guerrero, Sub-Secretary of Higher Education, officially signed an agreement at the Barrie Campus on Thursday, Aug. 11 to collaborate on numerous educational initiatives.
Georgian College has already been working with Mexican polytechnic and technology institutions in offering teacher training and English as a Second Language. This summer, more than 60 Mexican faculty members spent three weeks enrolled in such studies at the Barrie Campus.
In the fall, 22 Mexican postsecondary students will enrol in courses at Georgian for which they will receive credit when they return home.
The newest agreement covers all levels of the higher education system in Mexico. This will allow Georgian to work on possible projects with any of Mexico’s estimated 1,200 institutions of higher education.
Possibilities include providing additional opportunities for Mexican students to study at Georgian as well as the development of customized curriculum that Mexican institutions could deliver in their own classrooms.
Leslie Palson, Dean, International Education and Development at Georgian, said the college is looking forward to working with Mexican institutions.
“We are honoured to host the Sub-Secretary of Education at Georgian College and to be given the opportunity to personally strategize on a variety of future collaborations. Georgian’s continued success and close relationships in this market allows us to remain enthusiastic about expanding our educational projects and opportunities,” she said.