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

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

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
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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