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Franklin and Urbana Universities Sign Partnership Agreement with the National Technological Institute at Misantla (ITSM) Mexico

Columbus, OH (December 8, 2016)

Franklin and Urbana Universities are proud to announce the signing of a formal partnership agreement with the Veracruz Directorate of Technology Education (DET) of Veracruz, Mexico. Through partnerships such as this, these educational institutions can fulfill their obligation to train a new workforce on both sides of the border to meet growing demands in energy, telecommunications, technological innovation and other areas. 

As part of the agreement, Franklin University will facilitate the development of international exchange and cooperation programs for students and faculty members of DET. Efforts will include English language studies in professional settings in the United States, curriculum development, and, through its Center of Excellence in Teaching, help train DET’s instructors and students in the academic, philosophical and organizational dimensions of the Educational Model for the XXI Century of the National Technological of Mexico.

“The signing of this partnership with the Veracruz Directorate of Technology Education allows students in Mexico to benefit from access to a unique, immersive experience that will help them develop a greater appreciation for the influence of culture on personal and business interactions around the world,” said Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University. “By leveraging the expertise developed at Franklin University over the past two decades, serving thousands of students through our ESL courses, we can give students a tremendous advantage when entering what is increasingly a highly interconnected global economy.”

Providing remarks during the celebration event were:

Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University
Dr. George Lucas, President, Urbana University
Dr. Alberto Gaytan Garcia, Misantla Tech President
Dr. Juan Manuel Velazquez Yunez, State Representative from the Veracruz Legislature
Also in attendance at the historic signing event were Camilo Grau, Head of State of Veracruz TecNM Legal Affairs; the group of 25 students from the National Technological Institute at Misantla (ITSM) currently participating in the BlueHorizon English as a Second Language (ESL) Immersion program; Jenine Larrabee, Lead Faculty, English as a Second Language, Franklin University’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Technology; ESL Immersion faculty; and numerous other representatives of Franklin University and Urbana University representatives.

About the BlueHorizon English as a Second Language (ESL) Immersion Program
The Franklin University BlueHorizon ESL Immersion Program has been designed to provide students with an intensive language study with field visits that include lectures with science, business, engineering, manufacturing, and technology experts. Site visits are then developed into business-focused project-based classroom assignments constructed as hands-on opportunities for students to apply their newly acquired language and professional skills. By residing on the campus of Urbana University, students in the BlueHorizon ESL Immersion Program benefit from curriculum expertise combined with traditional university campus life that produces the opportunity for students to interact with Urbana’s other international students living on campus. Through these various program activities and residential experiences, students receive a true cultural and linguistic immersion experience.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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