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100,000 Strong in the Americas- Competition 1 Profiles of Winners

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico Strategic Partner:

George Mason University

Tecnológico de Monterrey, in partnership with George Mason University, will develop an innovative capacity-building program with an academic theme entitled Global Entrepreneurship and Social Change. This initiative will have three core components: faculty exchange, globallynetworked learning, and student exchange with the goals to increase mutual understanding and build closer ties between institutions and nations and provide solutions that address challenges in international student exchange.

Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro Querétaro, Mexico Strategic Partner:

West Virginia University

The Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro will build global professional competencies and help close the gap between academia and industry in Mexico and the U.S. During the exchange, Mexican students will be offered a semester abroad at its partner, West Virginia University. The purpose of the assessment and evaluation is to establish a roadmap for expansion of the model to other disciplines and for its replicability to other institutions and venues.

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100,000 Strong in the Americas- Competition 1 Profiles of Winners

Universidad de Guanajuato Guanajuato, Mexico Strategic Partner:

University of Arizona

Founded in 1732, the Universidad de Guanajuato has played a major role in promoting education in Mexico. The Universidad’s newest initiative will expand student exchange innovation through the internationalization of its Summer Research Program and will promote participation of students from the University of Arizona’s Summer Research Institute. The goal is to increase student proficiency in Spanish or English and increase student interest in graduate studies.

Universidad EAFIT Medellín, Colombia Strategic Partner:

Purdue University

The Universidad EAFIT has recently played a major role in providing cultural exchanges between universities from Europe, South America, Asia, and North America. As Internationalization has become ever more important for a world class university, Universidad EAFIT has set the objective of internationalization as a priority as part of its Institutional Development Plan 20122018. In partnership with Purdue University, this commitment is to increase the number of bilateral agreements with higher education institutions in the U.S. by 200% having at least 1020 students from the United States studying at EAFIT by 2015. If you would like to contact any of these winners, please email


100,000 Strong in the Americas- Competition 1 Profiles of Winners

FAE Centro Universitário Curitiba, Brazil Strategic Partner:

Siena College

FAE Centro Universitário is committed to preparing its students to meet the challenges of the job market successfully through opportunities to experience other cultures, learn about the global economy, and interact with international students on a regular basis. In partnership with Siena College, FAE will implement a Brazilian Portuguese program for foreign students, create an international student office, and develop a training program for student mentors.

Universidad San Francisco de Quito Cumbayá, Ecuador Strategic Partner:


The Universidad San Francisco de Quito is committed to increasing the flow of students between the U.S. and Ecuador. While an underrepresentation of science and engineering students in study abroad does exist, the Universidad is committed to meeting these challenges to include: implementation of the Brazilian Portuguese for Foreign Students Program; creation of an International Student Office; and development of a training program for mentor students. This initiative aims to address the disparities and to strengthen the Universidad’s existing infrastructure and programming support for international exchange students.

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100,000 Strong in the Americas- Competition 1 Profiles of Winners

Universidad Santa María la Antigua Panama City, Panama Strategic Partner:

University of Arkansas

The Universidad Santa María la Antigua will increase its capacity for international exchange by building upon an existing relationship with the University of Arkansas to provide a sustainable model for future engagement with other U.S. partners. The initiative will increase student mobility in both directions; increase capacity at the Universidad to provide support to the University of Arkansas students for short term programs (including service learning); establish a visiting faculty program where Arkansas faculty will teach courses in Panama; and create a bidirectional corporate internship program.

Universidade Federal de Viçosa Viçosa, Brazil Strategic Partners:

Iowa State University Purdue University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Kentucky

The Universidade Federal de Viçosa has developed a plan to start offering regular undergraduate courses in English in agricultural and biological engineering, food science, animal science, and agricultural economics in order to attract more U.S. students. Free Portuguese training will also be offered to U.S. students and a volunteer program called “UFV Ambassadors” will be launched to create student bonds and facilitate a smooth landing for students. If you would like to contact any of these winners, please email


100,000 Strong in the Americas- Competition 1 Profiles of Winners

Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo Jose Mária Morelos, México Strategic Partner:


The Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo will sign ten (10) cooperative agreements with U.S. universities creating study abroad programs, train staff to support these exchanges, send professors to the U.S. to do research, and receive U.S. professors to do research related to Mayan culture. The project will also help students continue their graduate studies at U.S. universities based on their engagement with Mayan communities and willingness to work for economic development of the Mayan region of Mexico.

Instituto Federal Educação Ciência e Tecnologia Sudeste de Minas Gerais Juiz de Fora, Brazil Strategic Partners: Iracambi Rainforest Research Center in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana This project will welcome U.S. students to Brazil and provide academic and logistical support throughout their stay in Southeastern Brazil. Students will alternate between living and studying on one of the IFSEMG campuses and carrying out practical internships at the Iracambi Rainforest Research Center. This program will serve to increase capacity on the part of IFSEMG to host U.S. students under the program 100,000 Strong in the Americas as well as expose Brazilian students to an international and intercultural environment, thus helping to qualify them to participate in the Brazilian government program Science Without Borders.

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