Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Napolitano's Mexico Visit This Week

More at Fox News Latino: Napolitano said she wants to increase exchanges between University of California campuses and Mexican universities at all levels, from undergraduates to faculty and researchers. Of 233,000 students in the UC system, only about 40 study in Mexico each year, while about 1,900 Mexicans were at UC schools last year.

and this from AP:
Kerry will announce the new exchange goals to launch a bilateral forum for higher education, innovation and research. President Barack Obama's new higher education exchange initiative aims to have 100,000 U.S. students studying in Latin America and 100,000 from the region in the U.S. by 2020. A similar program in Mexico, "Proyecta," has the goal of sending 100,000 Mexican students a year to the U.S. by 2018. Little more than 14,000 Mexicans study there today.
Mexico was once the top location for U.S. students studying in Latin America, with so many economic and familial ties between the two neighbors. But the numbers dropped with the spike in drug violence, especially during the stepped-up attacks on cartels by the administration of President Felipe Calderon, who left office in 2012. He served at the same time Napolitano was in charge of homeland security for the United States, which openly supported Calderon's strategy.
"Once (the exchanges) are delayed or stopped, institutions set up affiliations and programs elsewhere, having longer term consequences for the numbers," said Shannon O'Neill, senior fellow at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. "So even if violence wanes, it can be hard for the numbers to rebound."

and at Wash Examiner
original post:
with Secretary of State Kerry also there...

see: SF Biz Jrnl UC President Napolitano Goes to Mexico to Strengthen Research Ties

The University of California is signing a deal with the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology that covers research and training of graduate students, post-doctoral students and faculty. Napolitano hopes to set up a program for exchanges between UC campuses and Mexican universities and research centers.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is also in Mexico at the same event to kick of the Bilateral Forum for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.


Times Union: Napolitano: Focus on Border Backup, Not More Walls

she seems to float between the old job and the current job

Napolitano said in an interview with The Associated Press that U.S. money would be better spent on easing border-crossing bottlenecks that affect trade rather than on adding more barriers and agents.

"When you go to some of our ports and see the backup — it's gotten better but it's not good enough. And it's not keeping pace with the amount of commerce that's growing between our countries," she said, emphasizing that she is expressing a personal opinion now that she has left government.


But she said the Obama administration and the University of California system have done a lot to expand opportunities for students in the U.S. without proper documents, allowing some 700,000 so far nationwide to stay in the country under a deferred status.

"I don't know any other country in the world that's done that for students, and in California we've done even more," she said. "Those students also qualify for in-state tuition even though they're technically undocumented, and I'm supporting a bill now that would create a state loan bank for those students because they can't get federal student loans."

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