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Angel Bravo gives a speech at the IELI Graduation Ceremony, December 2005 / view pictures - Angel Bravo, one of our talents from UAEM, got his diploma from the top level of the IELI (Intensive English Language Institute) so he could get into his PhD Program in Computer Science at the College of Engineering. After coursing levels 5 and 6 he ended up among the best students, hence he was asked by Director Eva Bowman to give a talk about his experience at the IELI.



Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Annual Meeting, November 2-5, 2005 / view pictures - Dean Warren Burggren, Associate Deans Jean Schaake and Michael Monticino, in addition to UAEM-UNT Academic Liaison Director, Manuel Goel, attended the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Annual Meeting Nov. 2-5 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The theme of this year's meeting was "International Partnerships" a fitting topic considering the relationship UNT has developed with UAEM!



Warren Burggren, Jean Schaake and Manuel Goel, attend the 10thNorth American Higher Education Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 12-15, 2005 / view pictures - Multiple leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students gather in San Juan, Puerto Rico for CONAHEC's 10th North American Higher Education Conference named: "Beyond Boundaries: Building Bridges of Collaboration in Higher Education".

North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds. With the signing of NAFTA in 1994, our countries have become inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional prosperity and the prosperity of our individual communities depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students. Government and education leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must take a more aggressive role in offering students opportunities to gain international expertise.

Puerto Rico is a vibrant multi-cultural society strategically positioned as a gateway between North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Convening in Puerto Rico provided a unique opportunity for representatives of the region to have a glimpse of issues and partnerships not only in North America but also with Caribbean and other Latin American institutions.



First Annual UAEM-UNT Liaison Office Dinner with "Talentos" and Exchange Students, June 26, 2005 / view pictures - UAEM-UNT Academic Liaison Director, Manuel Goel, along with Fernando Guzman, Assistant Director, organized a social gathering with UAEM students enrolled at UNT. The dinner was held at "Siam House" a Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Denton, where the attendants had a feel of different definitions of "spicy food".

The purpose of the event is non other than meeting in an extra-academic environment to better know each other's experiences while living and studying abroad. The following is the list of attendees:
  • Manuel Goel
  • Fernando Guzman
  • Oscar Olea
  • Jorge Reyes
  • Carlos Izquierdo
  • Nelly Gomez
  • Angel Bravo
  • Enrique Orozco



Partnership with Mexican university deepens as UNT-UAEM Academic Liaison Office opens, February 23, 2005 / view pictures - The University of North Texas celebrated its ties to the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) in Toluca when it dedicated the UAEM-UNT Academic Liaison Office on campus February 23, 2005.

The ceremony took place at 4 p.m. in the UNT College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, Room 210 of the General Academic Building.

Special guests included two State of Mexico officials -- Francisco Fountanet-Mange, General Coordinator for institutional liaison and Francisco Cervantes-Diaz, General Director for liaison with public and private institutions. An attaché from the Mexican consulate in Dallas attended as well.

Officials read proclamation from Texas Gov. Rick Perry during the ceremony. Manuel Goel, former Director for National and International academic cooperation at UAEM and present Director of the Academic Liaison Office, along with Fernando Guzman, Assistant Director, currently run this innovative project, which is located in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office.

UNT's tie to UAEM began when Dr. Rafael Lopez-Castanares, the current rector of UAEM and an accomplished materials science researcher, attended a POLYCHAR World Forum on Advanced Materials in the late 1990s. The annual conference is sponsored by UNT's Laboratory of Advanced Polymers and Optimized Materials.
Since that time, UAEM faculty have collaborated with UNT faculty on research. One member of UAEM's engineering faculty, Juan Bosco Hernandez Zaragoza, was a visiting scholar at UNT during the fall 1998 semester.

In July 2002, UNT and UAEM representatives signed an agreement to collaborate on the academic training of students from both institutions and in research projects in materials science, environmental science, physics and related fields. The agreement also called for both universities to establish joint postgraduate degree programs in materials science, environmental science and physics.

"There is full confidence that this UAEM office set in UNT will have benefits for the development of science and technology in both countries." Lopez-Castañares remarked.

"I think you will see this grow and expand geometrically in the near future, and we look so forward to working with our friends in Mexico, and expanding mutual spears, spears of influence," said Norval Pohl, UNT President.

"This is an exciting event that brings together two innovative and big universities in a unique venture in higher education," said Warren Burggren, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"No other university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has an actual office for another university on its campus," College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Michael Monticino said.