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Increasing the Number of Sponsored Mexican Graduate Students in Engineering

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2015 ASEE International Forum


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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Concurrent Paper Tracks - Session I

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Diversity and International Forum

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19.19.1 - 19.19.16



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Maria Claudia Alves Texas A&M University

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Maria Claudia Alves Baudier
Director for Engineering International Programs at Texas A&M University

Ms. Maria C. Alves is the Director for Engineering International Programs at Texas A&M University. She has been in this position since July 2012. In this position she is responsible for internationalizing the research and education activities of the Dwight Look College of Engineering. Under her leadership the college has increased the number of students studying abroad, established new models of study abroad including co-op and research abroad and established meaningful connection for research and attraction of funded international graduate students. Maria started working at Texas A&M in 2005 as Assistant Director for Latin American Programs and in 2009 she was promoted to Program Manager for South America in the same office. During her time at the Office for Latin America Programs she created, managed and developed projects to enhance the presence of Texas A&M University in Latin American and to support in the internationalization of the education, research, and outreach projects of the university. She was charged with the development and implementation of a strategic plan for Texas A&M in South America. While at the Office for Latin America Programs, Maria was also responsible for the opening of the Soltis Center in Costa Rica. Maria speaks three languages fluently (Spanish, Portuguese and English). Maria completed her undergraduate studies at Lynn University in Florida, where she graduated with honors in Business Administration in 2002. She was part of the tennis team and was the team captain for two years, including the year the team was NCAA National Champion in 2001. She is a December 2003 graduate of the MS-Marketing program at Texas A&M University. And in the Fall of 2009, Maria started the PhD program in Higher Education Administration and is expected to conclude the program in 2015.

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Meghan M. Alexander Texas A&M University

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Meghan M. Alexander is the assistant director for Engineering International Programs at Texas A&M University. She has an M.Ed. in Counseling and over 15 years experience in international education and partnerships.

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Victor Manuel Camara-Poot Yucatan Government Ministry of Education

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A graduate of the Masters in Government and Public Policy by te Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) , workink since 2 years ago as Head of the Department of Planning and Strategic Projects at the Department of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education of the Yucatan Government in Mexico .

Throughout his career he has worked in entrepreneurial activities , training of entrepreneurs, development of strategic projects , national and international academic links .

He is currently part of the team developing a draft international links for the development of scientific and technological activity in Yucatan from the local government with the Texas A & M University and the government of France with crosscutting issues such as the training of human resources senior , teachers and scientists, among others.

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Martha Elena Ortega CANIETI

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Martha Ortega is Attetion to Principal Partners and Special Projects Director of the Mexican Electronics Telecommunications and Information Technologies Industries Chamber(CANIETI, for its acronym in Spanish)

She, along with CANIETI senior staff, are looking forward to find the way to increase the number of mexican professionals trained in the latest technologies and greater economic potential.

Martha Ortega is an Computer Systems Engineer by the "Instituto Tecnológico de Mérida" and has a Master degree en Information Technologies Management.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--17142

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