Schreiner University President Dr. Charlie McCormick and Vice President for Enrollment Services Dr. Larry Cantu recently participated in a groundbreaking higher education summit, which explored partnership opportunities between Mexican and U.S. colleges and universities.
Dr. McCormick was one of 24 independent college and university presidents meeting with their Mexican counterparts during the March 29–31 summit in Guadalajara, Mexico. Titled “Reaffirming the North American Spirit of Collaboration in Higher Education: Creating Bridges of Communications,” the gathering will emphasize the importance of international exchange in today’s “America First” political climate.
Summit goals included enhanced exchange opportunities for students and faculty members in both countries; increased access for students to internships in Mexico and the United States; and collaboration for faculty and students in shared research projects and development programs.
“Schreiner University's mission statement states that we will prepare students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society,” said Dr. McCormick prior to leaving for the summit. “Identifying partnership opportunities with our colleagues in Mexico is an ideal way for Schreiner to make this mission statement a reality. We look forward to forming many new relationships that help Schreiner continue to be one of the most exciting places to attend college in the region.”
The U.S. presidents and their Mexican colleagues met 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 also met with the U.S. Consul General in Guadalajara, Tanya C. Anderson, and with local, state, and national Mexican officials, as well as additional university rectors.
The summit was 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 Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 766 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society.
FIMPES is the largest network of private universities in Mexico. It was created in 1982 and hosts 108 prestigious universities that serve different socioeconomic sectors in all areas of Mexico.