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Current Issue: November 17, 2003
Volume 39, Number 9

VP works to attract Mexican students

TorresVice President for Student Affairs Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, Ph.D, has just returned from keynoting a session at the
1St International Conference on Innovative Educational Programs in Monterrey, Mexico.

Torres is putting together two special programs to try to attract qualified Mexican and Latin American students to the university.

One program, planned for next summer, will be a three week total immersion trip to the UNM campus for high school juniors and seniors. The program will teach students survival skills, test their language skills and help them understand which UNM programs might be of interest.

Torres said by targeting high school students he hopes they will be able to learn more easily how to prepare for the cultural and academic environment they will find on an American college campus.

“It is sometimes difficult for older students to come on campus. They experience a sort of culture shock,” he said.

Torres is hoping the program will attract between 100 and 200 Mexican students to the campus next July.

Another program, now scheduled for Spring 2005, will be offered to international high school students who want to study at colleges and universities in the United States.

The program will be a combination of regular class work and special courses designed specifically for the students.

Torres said he is hoping to attract between 15 and 20 gifted students to begin the program. The students must be proficient in English.

During his recent trip to Mexico, Torres visited three campuses to stimulate interest in the programs.