June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
Diversity and International Forum
19.19.1 - 19.19.16
Increasing the Number of Sponsored Mexican Graduate Students in EngineeringAdvantages of having international students enrolled in graduate degree programs at USuniversities includes developing international ties, bringing financial resources, maintaining adiverse intellectual pool of students and fulfilling a shortage of engineering talent in the US.Recruitment and retention of international graduate students have been more challengingrecently with increased competition from other host countries such as Australia, the UK andGermany. Several approaches have been reported to ensure that the number of internationalstudents on campuses does not decline including collaborations, additional efforts in recruitment,and new funding for marketing and program promotion. In summary, research indicates there is aneed for coordinated efforts to secure the highest quality international students.This paper presents a case study of such a coordinated effort – to increase the number of highquality students from Mexico into a large college of engineering in the South. Even thoughMexico and the United States are neighbors with strong economic ties, during 2013, according tothe Mexican government out of 224 students sponsored by CONACYT in the informationtechnology area who were selected to study abroad, only 20 students came to the United States(less than 10%). During the Fall 2013, at the authors’ institution, although a very large college ofengineering with geographical closeness to Mexico, only 32 graduate students from Mexico wereenrolled out of 1,958 international students (less than 2%).With the pilot program implemented during summer 2014 out of 50 students who participated, 9students have been admitted to the spring semester and about 20 other students will be applyingfor the next fall semester. The pilot program was implemented during summer 2014 inpartnership with two states in Mexico (Yucatan and Zacatecas) and a large sponsoring body fromMexico. The goal of the sponsor agency is to improve the human capital development in Mexicoin the IT sector. This paper describes the recruiting and selection process, the implementationand the results of the pilot program. Insights into this project can serve as a model forinternational student recruitment.
Alves, M. C., & Alexander, M. M., & Camara-Poot, V. M., & Ortega, M. E. (2015, June), Increasing the Number of Sponsored Mexican Graduate Students in Engineering Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/17142
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2015 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015