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Stony Brook Trains English Teachers, Students from Mexico

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Puebla university students at Stony Brook
Puebla university students at Stony Brook pose with Intensive English Center Asst. Director Kathleen Dixon.

Stony Brook University was among four SUNY campuses that recently welcomed 80 university professors and students and public school English teachers from Mexico as part of the SUNY system’s Intensive English Program, which is one of the first efforts in Mexico to take place under President Obama’s “100,000 Strong in the Americas” education initiative.

Through the program Stony Brook, along with University at Albany, University at Buffalo, and SUNY New Paltz, is offering summer language study to the participating professors, students, and teachers.

“Summer Intensive English programs at SUNY enroll students from all over the world, and we are thrilled that this new program has attracted 80 Mexican participants in its inaugural year,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “SUNY’s international partnerships help us provide a truly global education to our students in New York, and allow our expert faculty to provide needed services to colleagues abroad.”

SUNY is one of the most engaged and visible U.S. institutions of higher education in Mexico. Established in 2004, SUNY’s programs in Mexico generate and support system-wide initiatives as well as existing campus programs and those seeking to establish new ties and initiatives. SUNY has formed important relationships with many of the top research and teaching centers in Mexico, including the National Autonomous University (UNAM), the Mexican Council on Science and Technology (CONACyT), and the Tec de Monterrey.

Stony Brook offered training through its Intensive English Center (IEC), which offers a program of courses and activities designed to meet the special needs and interests of people from other countries who want to study at universities in the United States or improve their English to meet personal and professional goals.

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