The University of Texas-Pan American and Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas (UAT) announced Wednesday the schools’ renewed their articulation agreement to educate students on both sides of the border.
“It is a parent agreement held for three years that allows collaboration, research opportunities, as well as faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions,” said Pamela Garza, program coordinator of International Programs at UTPA in today’s press release.
The first articulation agreement between UTPA and UAT was signed in 1989 by then-UTPA president Miguel Nevárez and UAT president Jose Leal Gutierrez.
The articulation agreement supports one of the university’s goals: to implement international initiatives among student groups, faculty and agencies within the Texas-Mexico border communities.
“One of our main goals has always been to open relations with Mexico,” said Garza. “Although we cannot approve certain program participants to go into Mexico at this time, we are still discussing and working toward other options, such as online and video learning, video conferencing and using different archives via database or Internet for research.”
UT-Pan American announced three new online graduate offerings this summer, including a MBA. Each program’s courses will be offered in seven-week terms, with six terms offered per year. The MBA program will require the successful completion of 12 courses, including a capstone course that will be offered each term after the completion of the program’s first 11-course cycle. In total, the program is 36credit hours. Tuition for the MBA degree program is $14,500.
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For on-campus UTPA students, once the current travel ban is lifted from Mexico, they will have the opportunity to attend UAT at the same price they would attend UTPA or the normal tuition rate a UAT student would pay, whichever offers the lower tuition price. Currently, UAT students are allowed to attend UTPA for the in-state tuition rate a Texas resident would pay to attend UTPA, Garza said.
In addition to students from both institutions being able to attend either university, most classes will be transferable from UTPA to UAT and vice versa.
“Faculty from UTPA will get to partner in research opportunities, teach a semester at the other institution and get to teach UAT students either at UTPA or at UAT. One of the best things about this agreement is that it also opens the door for faculty exchanges, as well as study abroad opportunities for students interested in doing something different,” she said.
Additionally, Garza said, the articulation agreement between both UTPA and UAT provides linkages with other universities in Mexico and in other countries around the world, helping UTPA to grow even more in the field of international education.
According to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education 2012, UTPA is among the top 100 best U.S. colleges for Hispanics including second in the nation in the number of bachelor’s degrees and third in the number of master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics.
–Alanna Stage, @AlannaTweets