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WKU to host scholars from Mexico in ‘Proyecta 100,000’

WKU has been selected to participate in the Mexican government’s “Proyecta 100,000” program.

As part of the “National Training Program for Students and Teachers SEP-SRE Proyecta 100,000,” WKU will host seven Mexican scholars from June 1 to June 26 for a four-week intensive language and cultural immersion program, according to Dr. Alison Youngblood, assistant professor of English at WKU. The program will be a joint effort between the Department of English and English as a Second Language International.

The group from Mexico may include undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members, she said.

“The biggest thing, especially for me as a faculty member, is that any chance to bring international students to campus is great,” Dr. Youngblood said. “We don’t have a large student population from Mexico at WKU. We can show them a part of the United States that they might not know about.”

The goal of “Proyecta 100,000” program is to have 100,000 Mexican nationals studying in the United States by 2018. The program is funded by the Mexican Ministry of Public Education.

By participating in the program, WKU can build relationships with Mexican faculty members, recruit students to pursue degrees at WKU and break down stereotypes about both nations, she said.

“This program provides an opportunity to build the international experience on campus for our faculty and students,” she said.

In the future, Dr. Youngblood hopes to have visiting researchers from Mexico and provide more opportunities for professionals and teachers in the STEM fields to visit WKU and the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.

“The Proyecta program is a grassroots approach to education and our participation in the program fits well with WKU’s goal to be a leading American university with international reach,” she said.

Contact: Alison Youngblood, (270) 745-2257

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