According to Times Higher Education website, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) ranked on the top 200 best universities in the world last year. It is with this university that CSULB Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Professor Armando Vazquez-Ramos is trying to create a student exchange program with his California-Mexico Project.
In a recent California-Mexico Policy Issues seminar, Vazquez-Ramos tried to entice a crowd of CSULB faculty and students to take part in this event. Already, 15 to 20 faculty members have shown some interest in taking part of the project.
Despite the fact that we border Mexico, there isn't a student exchange programs. According to Vazquez-Ramos, students and faculty from both universities will get a chance to learn about each other's countries and create a relationship between the two countries that goes beyond immigration.
Recently, College of Liberal Arts Dean Jerry Riposa agreed to help out with the program and find ways to facilitate it. Although the program is still on its "drawing board" phase, Vazquez-Ramos has been taking students to Mexico for the past few years and beginning what is yet to be an official program.
Although the representative for UNAM was not able to attend the seminar, Riposa said that he's glad to take part of the project and make it official.
Because they couldn't meet, Riposa said that he couldn't estimate the cost of the project.
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