AMPEIASOCIACIÓN MEXICANA PARA LA EDUCACIÓN INTERNACIONAL
Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional Origins AMPEI is the most important association of professionals in international education and cooperation in Mexico. It was founded in 1992 due to the initiative and support of: International educators from various Mexican universities. Officials from the Mexican Ministry of Education (SEP). The Mexican Rectors’ Conference (ANUIES: Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior). Institute of International Education (IIE).
Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional MissionAMPEI aims to promote the inclusion of aninternational dimension in Mexican educationalinstitutions so that they may educate and graduatepersons and professionals who are able to livefulfilling lives and perform effectively in today’smulticultural global society and contribute tounderstanding, respect, and tolerance amongnations and cultures.
Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional MembersAMPEI has currently over 150members, mainly internationaleducators employed at Mexicaninstitutions of higher education,but also independent serviceproviders, among others.
Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional Regional Chapters
Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional LeadershipBoard of Directors (13): President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, two members-at-large and the seven regional chairs.International Advisory Board (13): Seven internationally recognized experts in international education and the six former presidents of AMPEI.
Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional ActivitiesPublication of the journal Educación Global.Participation in conferences and boards of other international educationassociations, such as AIEA, AIEC, APAIE, CONAHEC, EAIE, NAFSA,among others.Organization of workshops and other professional development activities.Surveys and opinion polls related to international education in Mexico.Diffusion of information through listserve and website (www.ampei.org.mx)Promotion of Mexican higher education.Organization of annual conference.
Activities of members who work in international offices at universities.Student & faculty mobility Personnel training Organization of courses andInternships abroad eventsForeign language courses BudgetingCommunication and diffusion Immigration regulationsSpecial events Strategic planningInternational protocol Grant proposalsParticipation in conferences Course development
Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional Benefits of membershipProfessional development opportunities.Financial support and scholarships.Regional, national, and international networks.Access to engaged colleagues.Participation in reserach projects.Journal Educación Global.Participation in staff exchanges.National and international calls for proposals.Participation and representation in conferences and fairs.Annual conference.Participation in Eduméxico.Opportunity to serve the cause of international education inMexico.
Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional ChallengesOpening of members to other cultures and languages.Comprehension of different academic and administrativemodels.Professionalization of the field of internationaleducation in Mexico.Keeping up to date with technological developments andinnovations.Establishment of regional and national networks.Assuring resources and financing the association.Promotion of research and publication of findings.Moving beyond mobility: internationalization at home and otherinternationalization activitiesDefining and measuring learning outcomes.
International Student Mobility to and from Latin America Thomas Buntru Director of International Programs Universidad de Monterrey
International Student Mobility to and from Latin America1. Low Mobility2. Uneven Mobility3. Limiting Factors4. Motivating Factors5. The Future6. Sources
1. Low MobilityNo Latin American country figures among the world’s top 20 sending orreceiving countriesLess than 1% of students enrolled at Latin American universities are offoreign nationalityLatin America: - Student outflow: 0.87% - Student inflow: 0.17%Mexico: - Less than 1% of Mexican students participate in international exchange programs - Only about 0.1% of students enrolled in Mexican universities are international studentsLow interest in intraregional mobility
2. Uneven MobilityStudent mobility is mainly to and from North America and Europe86% of all incoming international students are from Canada andthe USA (65%) and from Europe (21%); 8% come from Asia, 3% fromOceania, and 3% from Africa.The most popular countries for outgoing students are the UnitedStates and Spain.There is a marked difference in study abroad participation ratesamong students from private and public universities; privateuniversities with high tuition levels have the highest mobility.
2. Uneven Mobility• Mapa de Fischer p. 31 21% 65% 8% 3% 3%
3. Limiting FactorsFinancial constraintsLimited foreign-language proficiency of Latin American studentsLack of encouragement and support by home universitiesLow self-directed motivation of studentsLow country reputation (infrastructure, security, political instability, corruption)Lack of adequate services by host universities (housing, academic advising)Low academic reputation (international rankings, lack of accreditations)Insufficient offer of courses in foreign languages, especially EnglishLack of organized and directed international student recruitmentHealth concerns (health systems, food hygiene, water quality)Low intraregional interest
4.Motivating Factors Interest in Spanish language and regional culture Friendliness and warmth of the people Specific research interests (esp. archeology, anthropology, linguistics, literature, history, geography, art)
5. The Future: Cautious OptimismGrowing awareness of the importance ofinternationalization in general and studentmobility programs in particularGrowing concern with quality assurance inhigher educationGrowing importance of Spanish as aninternational languageAffordable tuition fees and low cost of livingProfessionalization of the fieldLobbying by international educationassociations (AMPEI, FAUBAI)Regional integration (NAFTA , Mercosur)
6. Sourceso Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior. (2006). Consolidación y avance de la educación superior en México: Elementos de diagnóstico y propuesta. Mexico City, Mexico. ANUIES.o Center for World-Class Universities. (2009). Academic Ranking of World Class Universities. Shanghai, China. Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Internet: http://www.arwu.org/ARWU2009o Fischer, T. (2007). Not Far Away: A barrier analysis on the international dimension of higher education in Latin America from an institutional perspective” Unpublished master’s thesis.o Institute of International Education. (2010). Atlas of Student Mobility. New York City, USA. Institute of International Education. Internet: http://atlas.iienetwork.orgo Instituto de Estadística de la UNESCO (2006). Compendio Mundial de la Educación 2006: Comparación de las estadísticas de educación en el mundo. Montreal, Canada. UNESCO.o Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. 2006. Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2006. Paris, France. OECD Publishing.