TAMIU Eyes New Ed
Opportunity in Ecuador
Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Dr. Pablo Arenaz said that TAMIU has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ecuador that provides intriguing opportunities for study, student and faculty exchanges and partnering in the development of the South American nation’s higher education infrastructure.
“The opportunities afforded us by the Ecuadorean Ministry of Non-Renewable Natural Resources create a dynamic level of international cooperation that will help propel Ecuador forward. Ecuador is looking to dramatically increase its number of college-educated individuals to grow and secure its economy and wants to partner with TAMIU to do so,” Dr. Arenaz said.
Texas A&M International University has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) with Ecuador that provides intriguing opportunities for study, student and faculty exchanges and partnering in the development of the South American nation’s higher education infrastructure. Pictured at the MOU signing from left to right are: Dr. Pablo Arenaz, TAMIU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Ing. Pedro Merizalde, Ecuador’s Minister of Non-Renewable Natural Resources; and Ing. Jaime Calderón, president of the Universidad Politécnica Nacional in Ecuador.
Arenaz and TAMIU director of the Binational Center María Calderón-Porter recently traveled to Ecuador to initiate the MOU and meet with their higher education counterparts there. Pedro Merizalde, Ecuador’s Minister of Non-Renewable Natural Resources, welcomed the TAMIU visitors.
“This agreement defines a cooperation plan of collaborative educational programs between Ecuador and TAMIU, a Member of The Texas A&M University System, “ Merizalde said at the MOU signing ceremony in Quito.
Arenaz said the MOU enable a broad spectrum of engagement.
“The MOU makes linkages with multiple Ecuadorean universities possible. We see our initial offerings as a virtual university, focused on English language acquisition and engineering,” Arenaz explained, “Subsequent plans are actually looking at partnering with TAMIU to build a physical satellite campus in Ecuador.”
Arenaz said the collaboration is in keeping with TAMIU’s international mission and will afford TAMIU students and faculty remarkable study opportunities.
“Multiple Ecuadorean universities can link into this. For example, one of our Ecuadorean MOU collaborator universities runs a research station in the Galápagos Islands, which would afford our students and faculty a truly singular research opportunity.
“The MOU would also make student and faculty exchange possible with Ecuadorean students and faculty coming to TAMIU for study and research,” Arenaz explained.
Additional opportunities include joint programs with dual degree granting, research conferences and symposia and targeted academic projects, he said.
Ecuador is now developing significant oil and gas reserves similar to those found in Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, he noted.
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