Media Advisory

Thursday, April 13, 2006

SUNY Geneseo to sign historic agreement with Mexico's Universidad de las Americas

SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan and President Christopher C. Dahl to sign agreement with Dr. Pedro Angel Palou, president of leading Mexican university

WHAT:

State University of New York Chancellor John R. Ryan and Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl will sign a historic agreement with the head of one of Mexico's leading private universities to establish a dual-diploma degree program in international relations.

When Chancellor Ryan and President Dahl finalize this agreement with President Pedro Angel Palou, Geneseo becomes the first SUNY school to establish a dual-diploma degree program with a university in Mexico. Universidad de las Americas, in Puebla, Mexico, has approximately 8,300 students and offers a number of academic programs through the doctoral level in a variety of disciplines. The dual-diploma degree program will allow Geneseo students to attend UDLA, and UDLA students to attend Geneseo.

The partnership with the Universidad de las Americas builds on what Geneseo has already established with other highly respected universities in its drive to expand the college's international offerings and ties.

WHEN:

At 10:30 a.m. TODAY, Thursday, April 13, 2006

WHERE:

Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo campus
WHO:

UDLA Rector, or President, Dr. Pedro Angel Palou, and Ambassador Jorge Alberto Lozoya, UDLA Vice Rector for Institutional Advancement, will represent the Mexican institution at the signing. Ambassador Robert Gosende, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs; Sally Crimmins-Villela, Director of Latin American Programs; and Claudia Hernandez, Program Officer for Latin America from the State University of New York system administration will join the contingent. UDLA's Lozoya has also served as a U.N. ambassador for Mexico and as general secretary of the Ibero-American Corporation.

MEDIA: For more information, contact Sarah Grace Pretzer or Mary E. McCrank in the Office of Communications and Publications at (585) 245-5516.

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