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July 16, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University has signed an agreement with the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey Tech) that will enable as many as 75 undergraduate students from Mexico to take courses at SMU each semester.

The students will take courses from the SMU School of Engineering, Cox School of Business and Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The first students are expected to come in January 2003.

Monterrey Tech is the leading technological university in Mexico, with 32 campuses and more than 90,000 students. The school has a requirement that all of its undergraduate students spend one year out of the country before they graduate.

“In today’s global marketplace, Monterrey Tech provides a great service to its students by offering them opportunities for study in another country,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We at SMU are honored to be a part of this program, which will enrich the academic experience of our own students as we welcome students from Monterrey Tech.”

Turner said Monterrey Tech is a good match for SMU because the institution is accredited by the same accrediting body -- the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) -- that accredits SMU. Monterrey Tech’s engineering school is accredited by the same association that accredits U.S. engineering schools, and its business school is accredited by the same association that accredits U.S. business schools. Monterrey Tech has about 150 alumni working in the Dallas area and SMU has alumni in Monterrey.

In addition to the visiting student program for undergraduates, the agreement will allow students from Monterrey Tech to participate in two graduate programs offered by the SMU School of Engineering. One program will be an accelerated master’s degree program that will enable Mexican students to receive a master’s degree from SMU in one year. Students will take two graduate courses at Monterrey Tech plus four SMU graduate courses via distance learning and then come to SMU to take four remaining graduate courses.

The other graduate program will enable students from Mexico to come to SMU to take graduate certificate courses offered by the SMU School of Engineering in such areas as software engineering, computer networking and information security. Graduate certificate courses are offered in modules of three courses each. Students who complete three modules plus one additional course could earn a master of science degree.

Up to 25 Monterrey Tech students a semester will be able to participate in each graduate program.

In addition to the undergraduate and graduate programs, the agreement with Monterrey Tech may lead to faculty/staff exchange programs, cultural exchange programs, visiting scholar programs, joint conferences and seminars, joint grant proposals and collaborative research projects with SMU.

A delegation from Monterrey Tech visited SMU in June, and another delegation is visiting Aug. 29-30 and will attend the SMU-Navy football game Aug. 31.

This is the second exchange program SMU has established with universities in Latin America. The SMU School of Engineering has an agreement with Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala that will enable its students to come to SMU to study engineering.