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Member Advisory--July 29, 2005




The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) signed an important Cooperation Plan with the Government of Spain July 20, 2005, to promote educational experiences in Spain for U.S. Hispanic students and faculty.


The plan will:


  • Promote the friendly relations between citizens of the United States and those of Spain.
  • Promote the understanding and the appreciation of the shared culture by both communities.
  • Allow participating students to experience multicultural and international education which will prepare them for their future success personally, academically and professionally.
  • Facilitate opportunities for professional development for faculty and, in general, for the academic and scientific community of the United States, as well as of Spain.


“This Plan of Cooperation will benefit HACU-member universities and colleges, and will seek the collaboration of Spanish higher education institutions, in order to meet the needs of the respective academic communities” said Antonio Flores, HACU President & CEO. Although unable to attend the signing ceremony, Flores praised the Plan and its multiple potential benefits for all concerned parties.


During the signing ceremony, which was held at the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, the Ambassador of Spain in the United States, His Excellency Carlos Westendorp, expressed his satisfaction at seeing this signing come to fruition. He had announced the intent to develop such an agreement during HACU’s Capitol Forum in early April.


The Minister of Education and Science, Her Excellency María Jesús San Segundo Gómez de Cadiñanos, referred to the great importance of bringing together the peoples of the United States and Spain, with the particular involvement of the Hispanic community in the U.S. The strengthening of cultural ties is at the root of promoting friendship and understanding.


On behalf of HACU, Dr. José Jaime Rivera, President of the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico and Secretary of the Governing Board of HACU, expressed HACU’s excitement for this opportunity. “In a world challenged by conflict and violence, we need the promotion of understanding and peace that this Plan of Cooperation will advance,” he said.


Also speaking on HACU’s behalf, Dr. Max Castillo, President of the University of Houston Downtown campus and Chairman of HACU’s International Education Commission, underlined some of the benefits produced by visiting faculty and students as an institution works toward the internationalization of higher education.


The Office of Programs, Services and International Affairs of HACU in San Antonio and the Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Spain will collaborate to work out the operational details of the Plan. A formal announcement is expected during HACU’s 19th Annual Conference in Phoenix in October this year.


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