UTD, Mexico’s University of Guanajuato
Observe Decade of Academic Collaboration

RICHARDSON, Texas (March 13, 2006) — The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and its Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies will celebrate the 10th anniversary of a scholarly partnership with Mexico’s University of Guanajuato March 24-25 at UTD.

The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 24 with the dedication of the University of Guanajuato Room (4.614) in UTD’s Erik Jonsson Academic Center Building.  UTD will host a delegation led by Dr. Arturo Lara, president of the University of Guanajuato, and, after the dedication, Guanajuato Governor J. Juan Carlos Romero Hicks will give the keynote lecture at a luncheon.

“From our initial collaboration ten years ago, we have grown to the point we are at now, with students, faculty and staff from both countries interacting on each side of the border,” said Rodolfo Hernandez, director of UTD’s Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies.  “This is about teamwork.  It reflects the passion and commitment that people have for working together from an academic perspective to foster greater understanding between both nations.  It’s important for the future of both regions.”

Under the center’s guidance, the collaboration was initiated to convey the importance of Mexico to the United States and, particularly, to the North Texas region.  The program has grown to include additional higher education institutions in Mexico and has been called “a model for other projects between U.S. and Mexican universities” by U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza.

As of spring 2005, more than 100 Mexican students had enrolled in UTD academic programs and a similar number of UTD students, faculty and staff had visited Mexico as part of a scholarly exchange agreement between the two institutions.

“We’re proud that more than 17 higher education institutions on both sides of the border are involved in this partnership,” Hernandez said.  “This reflects a much bigger picture — we’re showing the different ways that Mexico and the U.S. can work together.”

Other activities scheduled for the celebration include an advisory board session, a dinner and a concert by classical pianist Ana Cervantes and the musical group Los Tiempos Pasados that will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 in UTD’s Conference Center Auditorium. Cost to attend the concert is $15. UTD students will receive free admission with valid UTD identification.

On May 12, a delegation led by UTD President Dr. David E. Daniel will visit Guanajuato to celebrate the anniversary of the collaboration in Mexico.

For additional information about the events, please contact UTD’s Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies at 972-883-6401.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.