CIC Member Presidents Participate in U.S.-Mexico Higher Education Summit

​Campus leaders from 23 CIC Institutional Members and 14 Mexican private ​colleges and universities participated in the U.S.-Mexico Higher Education Summit, held in Guadalajara, Mexico, March 29–31. Organized by CIC and the Mexican Federation of Private Higher Education Institutions (FIMPES) and generously supported by Santander Universidades and Universia, the Summit focused on “Reaffirming the North American Spirit of Collaboration: Creating Bridges of Communication” and emphasized the importance of international exchange, especially with higher education institutions in Mexico. The agenda also provided ample opportunities to deepen connections among U.S. college and university presidents and Mexican university rectors building on three years of participation by a delegation of Mexican rectors in the CIC Presidents Institute.

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U.S. and Mexican institutional leaders and government officials welcome Summit participants at the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) on March 30.

During the Summit, CIC President Richard Ekman stated, “Mexico should be a high-priority partner for international alliances, much like China, because of the opportunities it provides—proximity to the United States, trade, industry, and growth. Private higher education institutions in Mexico are strong and would be ideal partners for CIC institutions in the United States.” (For more information, read the President's Desk.)

The 57 representatives—presidents, other senior campus officers, higher education association leaders, and government officials—from both the U.S. and Mexico visited three leading private Mexican higher education institutions: Instituto Technológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Universidad Panamericana, and Universidad del Valle de Atemajac. They also met with the United States Consul General in Guadalajara, Tanya C. Anderson, and members of her staff who provided advice on sending groups of students and faculty members abroad. Summit participants discussed semester-long student and faculty exchanges, 3-2 and summer programs, global leadership, consortia to facilitate international opportunities, and safety concerns on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Participants quickly realized the opportunities available in Mexico to CIC institutions. For example, Guadalajara, the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Jalisco, is a renowned business and cultural center also known as the “Silicon Valley” of Mexico. One participant, Donna M. Carroll, president of Dominican University (IL), commented that the collegiality and “welcoming attitudes and hospitality of such sophisticated institutions” reaffirms the benefits of developing long-lasting and meaningful partnerships with colleges and universities in Mexico.

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CIC presidents Jorge G. Gonzalez of Kalamazoo College (MI), Bryon Grigsby of Moravian College (PA), Scott D. Miller of Virginia Wesleyan College, and J. Bradley Creed of Campbell University (NC) visiting the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Guadalajara.

Presidents and senior administrators reported returning to campus invigorated and full of new ideas. Over the coming months, CIC will collect updates on the projects that develop as a result of the Summit and will share examples of these programs and resources with all its members.

Arturo Cherbowski Lask, director general of Santander Universidades, summarized the Summit’s activities by saying, “…the events were extraordinary. The interaction between the presidents and senior officers will help foster new and ample possibilities for collaboration between universities and individuals…our joint efforts will continue to generate new bridges that benefit the higher education communities in both the United States and Mexico.”

Presentations delivered by officials of the three host campuses and by the U.S. Consul General’s office, a video of the Summit’s opening session, and other resources are available online.

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After the welcoming ceremony on March 30, members of the U.S. and Mexican delegations gathered at the UNIVA plaza.

U.S.-Mexico Higher Education Summit Participating Institutions

Augustana College (IL)
California Baptist University
California Lutheran University
Campbell University (NC)
CETYS Universidad (Baja California, Mexico)
Council of Independent Colleges (DC)
Dominican University (IL)
Drew University (NJ)
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios de Occidente (Jalisco, Mexico)Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico)FIMPES
Kalamazoo College (MI)
Loras College (IA)
Millsaps College (MS)
Moravian College (PA)
Mount St. Joseph University (OH)
Nebraska Methodist College
Newbury College (MA)
Olivet College (MI)
Rockford University (IL)
Santander Universidades and Universia
Schreiner University (TX)
St. Ambrose University (IA)
Talladega College (AL)
Tougaloo College (MS)
Universidad Autónoma de Gudalajara (Jalisco, Mexico)
Universidad de Celaya (Guanajuato, Mexico)
Universidad de Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico)
Universidad De La Salle Bajío (Guanajuato, Mexico)
Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (Jalisco, Mexico)
Universidad Latina de América (Michoacán, Mexico)
Universidad Marista de Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico)
Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico)
Universidad TecMilenio Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico)
Universidad Vasco de Quiroga (Michoacán, Mexico)
U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico)
Virginia Wesleyan College
Wartburg College (IA)
Wiley College (TX)
Wilson College (PA)