Webster University Partners with Mexico’s CETYS University

| April 4, 2013
Stroble and Leon-Garcia

The partnership will expand study abroad opportunities for both universities, and open opportunities for Webster to enhance its STEMM programs.

Webster University has entered into a partnership with Mexicali, Mexico-based CETYS University that will allow both institutions to develop a close long-term working relationship and to pursue initiatives of mutual interest, including teaching and research in the areas of engineering, humanities, communications, education, psychology and business.

Cooperation between Webster and CETYS could take various forms, with possibilities ranging from academic exchanges involving faculty and students, to joint research initiatives and publications, organization of joint seminars and workshops, and consultation and exchange conducive to teaching courses and programs in face-to-face and online delivery modes.

Presidents Stroble and Leon-Garcia signed the MOU at the American Council on Education’s 95th annual meeting in D.C.

Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and CETYS University President Fernando Leon-Garcia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) creating the partnership during the recent American Council on Education’s 95th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“Collaborating with CETYS, a global leader with strength in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM), opens a world of disciplinary possibilities that complement Webster University’s global academic excellence,” Stroble said. “We look forward to partnering with CETYS to create new academic programs and new global learning and mobility opportunities for students and faculty at both institutions.”

CETYS University President Leon-Garcia said, “The agreement with CETYS Universidad will provide students not only study abroad opportunities but also make them more competitive in the global marketplace, by taking advantage of Webster University’s nationally ranked and internationally recognized network of campuses worldwide. The partnership will also provide the foundation for a symbiotic relationship that potentially includes reciprocal visiting professors and program development.”

Webster’s study abroad program ranked among the top 2 percent by the U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Colleges 2012. The Institute of International Education’s annual Open Door report ranked Webster among the top institutions for study abroad of a semester-long duration.

“This initiative goes way beyond study abroad opportunities,” added Julian Schuster, provost and senior vice president and chief operating officer at Webster. “This partnership will enhance our capacity related to engineering in general, and enable us, in particular, to explore systems engineering as an emerging academic program.”

About the Universities

Founded in 1961, CETYS is considered one of the top 20 universities in Mexico and the only university in Mexico accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to its main campus in Mexicali, CETYS operates campus locations in Ensenada and Tijuana. Like Webster University, CETYS has educational partnerships with universities around the world, including Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America and the United States.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional residential campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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