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 May 19, 2017

International collaborations in higher education discussed at HACU, Department of State session

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ (HACU) President and CEO Antonio R. Flores recently discussed the Association’s international initiatives with members of the diplomatic corps from the Western Hemisphere. The presentation was part of an information session co-hosted with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Western Affairs, on May 16, 2017, in Washington D.C., to discuss opportunities for collaboration around higher education.

Nearly 50 ambassadors from Latin American nations, their designees and U.S. Department of State officials, including Ambassador Arnold Chacon, director general of the U.S. Foreign Service and human resources director for the department, were present.

Francisco Palmieri, acting assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, provided an overview of U.S. education policy and programs in the Western Hemisphere. Flores discussed engagement opportunities between HACU and higher education institutions in the hemisphere and their embassies. Additional topics included models of international study and student exchanges, best practices, barriers and solutions to engagement. 

Representatives from the following countries were among those in attendance: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago.