As part of President Barack Obama’s signature educational initiative in the Western Hemisphere, 100,000 Strong in the Americas, community colleges have been highlighted to play a role in increasing international student exchanges and academic collaboration within the region.
In 2013, Obama and Mexican President Peña Nieto took this initiative a step further by creating the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research to specifically promote the expansion of educational and economic opportunities for citizens of both countries in an effort to strengthen a 21st century workforce.
The Bilateral Forum brings together Mexican and American representatives from government, academia and the private sector to develop a shared vision on higher education cooperation in the hope of finding new ways to expand student and scholar exchanges, increase joint research in areas of mutual interest, and share best practices in higher education and innovation.
On February 27, the Forum held its second working group meeting on NOVA’s Alexandria Campus with the American Association of Community Colleges, U.S. and Mexican governments and academic institutions.
The primary focus of the meeting was to share best practices on the involvement of academia in workforce development. The meeting was designed to build networks and increase the understanding of U.S. community colleges and Mexican polytechnic institutions. NOVA President Robert G. Templin, Jr. gave opening remarks and NOVA’s Workforce Director Ronald Beckwith engaged in panel discussions.
On February 28, members of the Mexican delegation participated in a State Department International Visitor Leadership Program that included a site visit to NOVA’s Medical Education Campus, where they learned about NOVA’s Allied Health and Nursing programs from Provost Brian Foley and were given a tour of the Campus by Maria Nieto-Shahsavarian and Germaine Andino-Rexach.
Read the Flyers section of this edition for details regarding additional programs to expand student and scholar exchanges offered by the State Department.