SCHOOL OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ADMINISTRATION UP CELEBRATES AGREEMENT WITH UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
ZAPOPAN, Jalisco, August 22, 2018.- Universidad Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara celebrated an agreement that links the School of Civil Engineering and Administration (ICA) with the University of Illinois, in the United States. The civil engineering department of the latter institution is ranked second in postgraduate and third in undergraduate programs, according to America's News & World Report.
The link consists of an International Double Degree Program and is intended for students of Civil Engineering at UP campuses Guadalajara and Aguascalientes. Students can complete four years of study in the National Program in the UP, one year of exchange and another year of postgraduate studies at the University of Illinois.
Advantages of this program for students are the possibility of acquiring a master's degree at the University of Illinois along with the bachelor's degree. Students who have the required level of English and GPA will be able to participate and attend face-to-face courses at the U of Illinois.
It should be mentioned that, as a result of the agreement, the duration to obtain the degrees will be 6 years instead of 7, that is, one year less. A student who opts for this program will be able to continue his studies in the UP with the Masters in Construction Administration, in Structures, in Engineering and in Technological Innovation Businesses.
Alejandro Cevallos, who is currently in his fifth semester in the Bachelor's degree, shared his interest in the agreement, saying that it is an excellent opportunity to "implement knowledge from Mexico and the United States". At the same time, he highlighted the opportunity to expand his network of professional contacts in both countries. He said he was interested in the possibility of receiving both a degree from Universidad Panamericana, as well as a Master's degree from the University of Illinois.
On the other hand, Fernanda García, also a fifth semester student, commented that the master's degree gives her the possibility of putting English into practice, especially in regards to the technical concepts related to her career. She stressed that the agreement "is something innovative and not many universities have."
Neftaly Ramírez, seventh semester, is another student interested the agreement. "It is a great opportunity because in 6 years you already have a bachelor's degree and a master's degree and this last one in one of the best universities in Civil Engineering in the US," he said.
The consolidation of this agreement was the result of almost one year's work and reflects two important events: it reinforces the internationalization of ICA and sustains the scope of the Faculty of Engineering of our University.
The next step of this important link includes the exchange of students and teachers, greater links between institutions, as well as the beginning of a very good relationship between both universities.