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UT AUSTIN

Arelis Palacios, assistant director in the International Office at the
University of Texas at Austin, with students in Brazil

some trends. "Related to Brazilian universities, the main partners
continue to be the United States, the United Kingdom, and France,
but there is an increasing interest in traditional European country
partners like Germany, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, but also in
Canada and Australia," says Laus.
While interest in partnerships with U.S. HEIs still remains high
for many Latin American HEIs, on balance, the diversity of that
approach was described by many as likely representing a net loss
for the U.S. higher education sector, given the historic prestige and
capacity of U.S. HEIs, and the proximity to, and longstanding influence of, the United States in Latin America more generally.

Ambitious Agendas
As for the nature of the partnerships, Marmolejo agrees with Laus
that exchanges and otherwise promoting mobility of students are
drivers for many of them, though, he adds, "it's interesting to see
how some of the partnerships evolved into something else." He says
it also depends on the institutions involved. "For traditional research
institutions, student exchanges are less important than research collaborations," Marmolejo says. "There is also the trend of dual- and
joint-degree offerings as part of the partnership programs, which has
increased the number of partnerships for that purpose in particular.
Another trend is interest in nonacademics focused opportunities,
such as providing research, and employment training-related opportunities such as internships."
While many earlier collaborations between Latin American
and foreign HEIs have tended to evolve and broaden from simple

exchanges of students, many Latin American HEIs now have the
confidence and ambition to approach partnerships with an intent
to develop them broadly from the get-go.
At Universidad Mayor, a new collaboration between that institution and Montclair State University (MSU) of Montclair, New
Jersey, that was proposed in 2014 was subsequently launched with
reciprocal planning visits.
"Teams of five faculty members and the director of international
affairs of each institution worked to develop joint interdisciplinary
research projects and a course for undergraduate students in both
countries," Lara says. "During the planning visits, the MSU/UM team
developed preliminary plans for a joint research project and development of a course designed to facilitate a wide range of activities,
including (1) preparing students to be active in international research;
(2) engaging students in international-based research projects in Chile
and the United States; (3) encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations
between MSU and UM scientists; and (4) providing a model for an
interdisciplinary, international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) course that can be adapted at other institutions.
The course that was developed, a biotechnology research project
involving the use of genetic modification technique called "CRISPRCas" in different animal models, took place in 2014 and 2015 with
eight U.S. and six Chilean students, providing them with opportunities for cultural, linguistic, and academic growth, Lara says.
Universidad Mayor's relationships include some with institutions at the pinnacles of the academic rankings. Since 2012, Harvard
University has sent University Mayor pre-med program students
to participate in internships, with 53 students participating in the
program from 2012 to 2016, Lara says. The Harvard students support health professionals working in the areas of general health,
veterinarians vaccinating and caring for animals, educators teaching
classes, and others helping to repair houses, buildings, and schools.

National Initiatives
The Montclair-Universidad Mayor partnership is part of the 100,000
Strong in the Americas initiative. That program is one of several
national and international initiatives that are helping to drive higher
education mobility involving Latin America and the formation of
partnerships.
Launched in March 2011 by U.S. President Barack Obama, the
100,000 Strong initiative was designed to enhance study abroad opportunities for students, with a goal of moving 100,000 students in
both directions by 2020. The goals for the program were ambitious:
when launched, 40,000 U.S. students studied in Latin America and
the Caribbean and 64,000 Latin American and Caribbean students
studied in the United States each year. The program thus seeks to
roughly double those numbers in less than 10 years.
To implement the president's vision, the U.S. Department of State
established a public-private partnership with NAFSA and Partners
of the Americas, a development agency with more than 45 years of
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