City University of Seattle has expanded its presence in Mexico with three new agreements at private and public universities that will offer CityU of Seattle business, information technology, and psychology degrees this fall. The new partners are: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) in Monterrey, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Puebla, and Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP) in San Luis Potosí. The schools join CityU’s first Mexican university partner Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) Universidad in Baja California. This past June, CETYS President Dr. Fernando León García renewed the university’s longstanding agreement to offer CityU degrees at CETYS’ three campuses.

As with CETYS, the new partnerships will provide Mexican students with an opportunity to earn a degree from CityU and another degree from their in-country school. These English-language programs are designed so students may work on an American degree while studying for their Mexican four-year degree in business, engineering or psychology. Depending on the university they attend, students may earn a CityU Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.), Bachelor of Arts in Management (B.A.M.), Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (B.S.I.S.) or Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology (B.A.A.P.). CityU teaching faculty will hold classes at each Mexican university campus, and during the summer quarters, students will be invited to take part in three-week intensive student mobility (study abroad) programs at CityU sites in Bellevue, Wash. and Europe. More CityU international locations will be available to students in the future.

“I’m pleased that CityU has been able over the past several years to lead the way in developing meaningful partnerships with institutions from around the globe. Double Degree programs allow Mexican students to leverage the opportunity to learn from American faculty, and graduate with an American and Mexican four-year degree. It’s just what they’ll need to succeed in this tough job market where employers pursue people with a keen business sense and a global perspective,” comments CityU President Lee Gorsuch.

Dr. Fernando León García, former CityU International Division Chancellor comments, “Five years ago I helped initiate the Double Degree programs at CETYS and today I’m proud to see them flourish here at my university and soon at other three universities throughout Mexico. A shared goal between CETYS and CityU is to be able to provide opportunities for students to become global competitive learners, professionals and future leaders.”

Dr. León García adds, “I’ve personally seen students excel in these programs, improve their English-speaking skills and move into positions of leadership in Mexico-based American companies.”

Current CETYS students in these programs include Valente Rocha Islava who recently studied abroad in Bellevue, Wash. for the Double Degree summer session.

“Upon boarding the airplane to Seattle, I knew this trip would be filled with a lot of memories and details that would be difficult to forget in my lifetime. They included experiences with new friends and shared knowledge from skilled faculty who all have the natural ability to impart new concepts and methodology. I know all of this will help me in my professional life,” comments Rocha Islava of the CETYS campus in Ensenada.

Mexican students who enroll in these programs gain invaluable exposure to multinational corporations. In addition, they also save money in comparison to the cost of earning an American degree abroad where they may be charged out-of-state fees. For more information about the Double Degree programs and related partnerships, please visit our locations page. Antonio Esqueda, CityU International Programs Academic Coordinator, also is available to provide additional assistance in Spanish and English. He can be reached at 425.709.5475 or via email.

About CETYS University
More than 60 CETYS students have graduated from the Double Degree programs since they were introduced in 2005. A private, not-for-profit university, CETYS was founded by local businesses and leaders in 1961 to offer quality education alternatives to Baja California. The nationally recognized university operates campuses in Mexicali, Ensenada and Tijuana, strategically contributing to the development of the border economy. Each year, about 6,000 students enroll in CETYS business, engineering, law, graphic design and psychology programs. CETYS holds U.S. regional accreditation candidacy status with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is ranked among Mexico’s top five universities.

About Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon
Based in Mexico’s top manufacturing city, UANL is a public institution founded in 1933. It is the third largest university in Mexico and ranked among the top five public higher education institutions. UANL offers 221 programs, ranging from the undergraduate to doctorate level. More than 132,000 students attend UANL and more than 15,000 belong to the business school Facultad de Contaduría Pública y Administración (FACPYA).

About Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla
Like CityU and CETYS, UPAEP is a private, not-for-profit university with a focus on an international education. UPAEP puts a strong emphasis on educating environmentally conscious students. The Double Degree programs will be the first degrees of its kind to be offered to UPAEP’s undergraduate business and engineering students. The university was founded in 1973 and today has a student body of more than 11,500 and is one of the top ten Mexican universities.

About Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Founded in 1859, UASLP is a public university with three urban campuses and ranked among the top five public universities by the Mexican Ministry of Education. The school serves 22,000 students who live in central states, north of Mexico City. UASLP’s mission focuses on educating professional, scientific, humanistic and academic graduates who are critical, creative, reflective, and ethical with an international perspective. It is ranked among the top five public universities in Mexico.

Published October 19, 2010



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