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Dominican President Donna Carroll Participates in US/Mexican Higher Education Summit

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dominican University President Donna Carroll has been invited to participate in the first Higher Education Summit of the United States and Mexico March 29–31, 2017, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The summit meeting will explore partnership opportunities between Mexican and U.S. colleges and universities.

A U.S. delegation of 24 independent college and university presidents and five cabinet-level officers from U.S. institutions will meet with their Mexican counterparts during the summit. The meeting is organized by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Mexican Federation of Private Higher Education Institutions (FIMPES) and generously supported by Santander Universidades and Universia.

The summit, “Reaffirming the North American Spirit of Collaboration in Higher Education: Creating Bridges of Communication” will emphasize the importance of international exchange opportunities for students and faculty members in both countries. It is also designed to provide students with increased access to internships in Mexico and the United States and allow faculty members and students to collaborate in shared research projects and development programs. The summit follows three years during which delegations of Mexican private university rectors participated in CIC’s Presidents Institute, the largest annual gathering of college and university presidents in the U.S.

The U.S. presidents and their Mexican colleagues will visit and meet with campus leaders of three Mexican higher education institutions: Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Universidad Panamericana, and Universidad del Valle de Atemajac. Participants will also meet with Tanya C. Anderson, the U.S. Consul General in Guadalajara, and with local, state, and national Mexican officials. The U.S. delegation and Mexican university rectors will discuss student and faculty exchange programs, articulation agreements, global leadership, visa issues, and the plight of undocumented students.

CIC President Richard Ekman noted, “In the current climate of constrained international cooperation, CIC reaffirms the importance of international exchange for the preparation of informed citizens and responsible global participants. Our Mexican neighbors have a special relationship to colleges in the U.S.”

Dr. Carroll will speak with MaryAnn Baenninger, president of Drew University, at a press conference on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. local time at the Sala de Rectores in Salón de Usos Múltiples (SUM) on the campus of Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA), in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Media representatives are also invited to attend the welcome ceremony, Thursday, March 30, 9:30 to 10:15 and the panel discussion from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. local time in the same location. For further information, please contact Lynn Donham, vice president for communications, Council of Independent Colleges, at ldonham@cic.nche.edu.