TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Hundreds of students from Mexico will further their education at the University of Arizona this summer.
More than 200 of them start class on Monday as part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative.
The U of A is one of four schools across the United States to serve as a host to these students. Sean Manley-Casimir, Executive Director for the university’s Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, said this is the first wave of students to begin a program that could pave the way for innovation in the Americas.
“To continue to lead the way in finding ways to help ourselves and the rest of humanity to face the challenges that we have in front of us,” he said.
The students are learning English at the university, but their specialties are science, technology, engineering and math. This initiative encourages more students to consider Mexico and the United States as options for studying abroad. Manley-Casimir said the importance of this program goes beyond the classroom.
“It’s probably, in some ways, the most important economic relationship the United States has with Mexico,” he said.
The students will take classes for the next four weeks.