Mexico to Trent University. A new international agreement between Trent and the Mexican government is aiming to make Canada a preferred destination for Mexican students looking to study abroad.
On January 31, presidents of universities and colleges from Canada and the United States which participated in the 2017 Mobility Program with the Mexican Secretary of Education and Mexican universities gathered in Mexico City for the “Evaluation Event of the Student Mobility Program.”
Trent University’s president Dr. Leo Groarke, joined by Glennice Burns, associate vice-president of Trent International, and Cath D’Amico, director of Trent ESL, were part of the meetings set to share the results of the program, and discuss opportunities for future development. During the visit, (an association of 117 universities), also signed a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions that will bring Mexican students to Trent and promote co-operation and collaboration on future joint initiatives.
In his speech about the mobility programs and speaking on behalf of the seven Canadian colleges and universities, including Trent, working with the Mexican government to promote international opportunities for Mexican students, President Groarke said: “The mobility program we are celebrating has been a wonderful opportunity to enhance what we do as institutions in a way that has allowed us to deepen and expand our relationships with Mexico. The current program has allowed us to diversify our classes at Trent, to allow more international perspectives. It has also encouraged future collaborations, and expanded relations with Mexican universities and colleges. We look forward to working with the Ministry of Superior education, Ministry of Public Education, and Mexican universities to continue providing outstanding opportunities to students in both Mexico and Canada.”
In the past year there has been a rise in the number of Mexican students travelling to Canada, including to Trent University. This past fall, Trent hosted over 30 Mexican students as part of the federal mobility program for language and academic study, as well as an additional 19 students from another scholarship program from Mexico. These students took part in the Trent ESL program, studied a customized English language program, and took courses in Business Administration or Computing and Information Systems at Trent.