Peruvian students
Peruvian students visit UTSA

Peruvian students visit UTSA on U.S. tour

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(March 24, 2008)--The UTSA College of Engineering recently hosted 13 of the best young students from Peru. The students visited the UTSA 1604 Campus as part of the international Partners of the Americas Youth Leaders program.

Established in 1964, the program links the United States with Latin American and Caribbean countries in partnerships that use the energy and skills of citizen volunteers, their institutions and communities to address shared concerns in social, economic and cultural development.

While touring UTSA, the students attended presentations on water pollution and global warming by civil and environmental engineering faculty members Heather Shipley and Drew Johnson.

"I want to develop a project that will help find some of the sources of common diseases that are prevalent in some of the impoverished communities around my university in Peru," said Jeannette Montoya, an 18-year-old, sophomore medical student at Chiclayo University in Northern Peru.

Before visiting UTSA, the students spent five days in Washington, D.C., to meet with officials from the State Department and the Peruvian Embassy.

"The students that hear these presentations will go back to their countries and develop small projects using the concepts they learned while visiting the United States," said Manuel Diaz, tour organizer and UTSA associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Before returning to Peru, the students also will visit Austin, Houston and El Paso.

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