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Second U.S.–Mexico Higher Education Summit Hosted By CIC

WASHINGTON, DC — The Council of Independent Colleges, in collaboration with the Mexican Federation of Private Higher Education Institutions (FIMPES) and Santander Universidades and Universia, is hosting a second U.S.-MexicoHigher Education Summit in Chicago, Illinois, on April 24–27, 2019.

Summit events will take place at five CIC member institutions in the Chicago area: DePaul

University, Dominican University, North Central College, North Park University, and Rockford University. A delegation of 23 Mexican rectors and senior campus colleagues will participate, as will 31college presidents and senior leaders from 23 CIC member colleges and universities.

The Summit will emphasize the importance of international exchange in today’s “America First” political climate. CIC President Richard Ekman noted, “In the current climate of constrained international cooperation, CIC reaffirms the importance of international exchange for the preparation of informed citizens and responsible global participants. Our Mexican neighbors have a special relationshipto colleges in the U.S.” The Summit follows five years during which delegations of Mexican rectors participated in CIC’s annual Presidents Institute, the largest annual gathering of college and university presidents in the U.S., and an inaugural Summit held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2017.

Roberta S. Jacobson, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; Antonio Cuesta, Acting Consul General of Mexico in Chicago; Margaret B. Hug, Regional Education Initiatives Director, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Rebeca Vargas, president and CEO, U.S.-Mexico Leaders Network are expected to address the Summit.

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