UTSA, Universidad de las Américas Puebla sign exchange agreement

Romo and Derbez

Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista, president of the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, and UTSA President Ricardo Romo

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(May 29, 2015) – UTSA President Ricardo Romo and Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista, president of the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), have signed an agreement that will promote an exchange of educational and research activities by both universities.

Dr. Derbez visited UTSA to participate in the Conference about the Global Impunity Index, an international study of security, justice and human rights systems of 59 United Nations states, including the United States, China, Canada and Mexico. Hosts for the event included UTSA, the Mexican Business Association and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The conference included the signing of an agreement on Thursday establishing formal ties between UTSA and UDLAP. The pact is designed to deepen the understanding of the economic, cultural and social issues environment of each university and spur mutual scholarship and research.

"UTSA is a leader in fostering partnerships in education, research and economic development with our counterparts in Latin America," Romo said. "We will continue to expand international collaborations that create top-tier opportunities for our students and faculty."

Under the agreement, UTSA and UDLAP will promote institutional exchanges by sending faculty, staff and students to their partnering institution to participate in a variety of teaching activities, research programs and professional development.

Each university will also organize symposia, conferences, short courses and meetings on research issues; carry out joint research and continuing education programs; and exchange information on teaching, student development and research.

"This agreement will be a perfect fit with our Latin American initiative," said René Zenteno, UTSA vice provost for International Initiatives and senior international officer. "It will strengthen UTSA's training and outreach efforts in Mexico and across the hemisphere."

The UDLAP agreement advances UTSA's international engagement efforts with Latin America. Last November, for example, President Romo signed a memorandum of understanding to form a collaborative partnership between UTSA and Mexico's preeminent social science research institute, the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social (CIESAS).

Derbez has served as UDLAP's president since April 2008. He holds a master's degree in Economics from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University of Science and Technology. He served as Mexico's Secretary of Economy from 2000 to 2002 and Secretary of Foreign Relations from 2003 to 2006.

Universidad de las Américas Puebla is internationally recognized for its quality education, research and artistic creation. The university offers a wide selection of undergraduate and graduate degrees in Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering and Business and Economics.

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