Past Programs

UNM has offered short-term global certificate/diplomado programs for over 20 years, with the original programs known as the Latin American Outreach programs. Programs have varied across disciplines, with emphasis in intensive-English language and specialized STEM fields training, and have been custom-designed to meet the needs of its participants whether they be students, faculty, administrators, or professionals. Check out some of the programs we’ve hosted over the last few years! 

2021

Friends of Fulbright Argentina Virtual Exchange Program

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In collaboration with the US-Argentina Fulbright Commission, UNM hosted 10 undergraduate Fulbright students in its first-ever virtual education mobility program with the UNM Honors College: Introduction to U.S. Interdisciplinary Thought and U.S. Higher Education. Students “Zoomed” into their Honors courses from Argentina for the first six weeks of the spring 2021 semester and attended a number of workshops on graduate study preparation. This pilot program allowed Fulbright participants to enhance their cross-cultural communication skills and understanding, while forging connections and relationships with UNM students and faculty even during a pandemic! 

2020

Friends of Fulbright – Argentina

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Focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, international business, architecture and programs for high-achieving and gifted students, The University of New Mexico and the US-Argentina Fulbright Commission created an innovative program which introduces participating students to a variety of transformative learning experiences with integration into UNM’s student and faculty communities. Students participated in 2 upper-division or graduate-level courses in their field of study, 1 course in interdisciplinary critical analysis for advanced learners, and a number of workshops on graduate study preparation. Through this program, Fulbright participants were able to enhance their cross-cultural communication skills and understanding while forging connections and relationships with UNM students and faculty.

High-Impact Professional Training for Teaching English in Vocational Settings

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The Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC) conducted an 8-week virtual teacher training program for 60 teachers from all over Colombia. Focused on teaching English for students of vocational or technical trades, CELAC introduced the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) methodology and demonstrated how CLIL proves to be a highly effective way for students to learn English while simultaneously learning the content of a particular academic or professional area. The program was sponsored by Fulbright Colombia and the National Training Service of Colombia, Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), to strengthen bilingualism in Colombia and enable its students to be more competitive in the job market.

Innovation Academy for Women of the Americas

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The Academy supports the advancement of underrepresented/minority women in the Americas including indigenous women in the innovation fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Architecture (STEM+A). Through accelerated research skills development, leadership enhancement, and ongoing mentorship and support, the program aims to increase the number of women in leadership positions within the STEM+A disciplines. Women in the Americas have valuable perspectives to contribute to these disciplines, and The Academy strives to develop the talents and leadership skills of undergraduate women for their long-term success, advance research across the continent, and ignite transformative social change.   

US Embassy Indigenous Resilience Program: Juntos ante la pandemia: juventud indígena y afrodescendiente en acción

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The University of New Mexico, in collaboration with the US Embassy in Mexico, Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP), The University of Arizona Latin American Studies College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, the Institute for Training and Development (ITD), Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México Centro de Estudios sobre Seguridad, Inteligencia y Gobernanza (ITAM CESIG), and Stanford Center for Latin American Studies, held a first-of-its-kind, week-long virtual seminar designed for 121 indigenous and afro-descendant student leaders from Mexico and across the Americas. Participants worked together to share ideas and write resolutions to bring about change in their communities, nations, and the planet in the framework of 7 Generations. Their resolutions were sent to policymakers in Mexico to create a better place for the future.

University of Physical Education Complex Education Language and Intercultural Immersion for Junior Faculty

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Faculty members from the University of Physical Education (UPE) in Hungary, one of the oldest, most successful and professionally acclaimed universities for education and sports science in Central Europe, visited The University of New Mexico for 3 weeks, meeting with faculty and staff from UNM’s Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences to learn about its physical education programs and to exchange ideas on teaching techniques. HESS offers programs in athletic training, exercise science, health education/promotion, physical education teacher education, and sports administration. UNM’s Sports Administration Program is one of only four in the nation that offers doctoral studies and is also accredited by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). 

2019

Friends of Fulbright – Argentina

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Focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, international business, architecture and programs for high-achieving and gifted students, The University of New Mexico and the US-Argentina Fulbright Commission created an innovative program which introduces participating students to a variety of transformative learning experiences with integration into UNM’s student and faculty communities. Students participated in 2 upper-division or graduate-level courses in their field of study, 1 course in interdisciplinary critical analysis for advanced learners, and a number of workshops on graduate study preparation. Through this program, Fulbright participants were able to enhance their cross-cultural communication skills and understanding while forging connections and relationships with UNM students and faculty. 

Developing Resilient Communities & Workforce Capacity in the ‘Hot Deserts’ of North America - Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo & Universidad de Sonora


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Funded by a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, sponsored by the US Department of State, the ExxonMobil Corporation, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators, The University of New Mexico, Universidad de Sonora, and Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo were able to participate in academic exchange opportunities toward “Developing Resilient Communities & Workforce Capacity in the ‘Hot Deserts’ of North America.” These civil and environmental engineering students from Sonora, Mexico, together with students from UNM’s School of Engineering, worked in teams to conduct research to address social and environmental concerns across the “hot deserts” of North America, which are composed of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Mojave deserts. This cross-cultural knowledge sharing allowed the participants to address critical social problems within our region in the areas of sustainable built and natural environments.

Institute for Community Identity & Leadership

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The Institute is dedicated to the strengthening of the identity and leadership of people in indigenous communities around the world. It focuses on community engagement of individuals in order to provide local citizens the opportunity to participate in activities leading to community leadership. By providing workshops that focus on developing skills in communications, place, identity, and representation, participants become experts in establishing themselves as leaders in their communities for their people. This program is offered in either Spanish or English.

Instituto Politécnico Nacional - English & Engineering

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The University of New Mexico, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, hosted an intensive-English language training program, with emphasis on engineering terminology, for 15 undergraduate students from Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN). The students worked with UNM’s School of Engineering on project management and research methods and participated in high-impact, graduate-level workshops. The UNM School of Engineering is the highest-ranked engineering program in New Mexico and the only Carnegie R1 (highest research activity) university in the state. 

Universidad Nacional de Rosario Cooperative Program in Advanced Simulation Faculty Development

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Argentine health professionals from Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR), the second-largest medical school in Argentina, teamed up with The University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center to learn about simulation training through UNM’s Basic Advance Trauma Computer Assisted Virtual Experience (BATCAVE). The BATCAVE is a state-of-the-art simulation program offering the ability to run customized medical training scenarios. Much of the training focuses on the educational and psychological aspects of simulation education, allowing students to experience operating under extreme pressure and anxiety, which comes in handy in real-life situations as memory and training kick in. The UNR team came to UNM to not only learn from its simulation lab but ultimately share this educational training with others in their country. 

University of Physical Education Complex Education Language and Intercultural Immersion for Junior Faculty

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Faculty members from the University of Physical Education (UPE) in Hungary, one of the oldest, most successful and professionally acclaimed universities for education and sports science in Central Europe, visited The University of New Mexico for 3 weeks, meeting with faculty and staff from UNM’s Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences to learn about its physical education programs and to exchange ideas on teaching techniques. HESS offers programs in athletic training, exercise science, health education/promotion, physical education teacher education, and sports administration. UNM’s Sports Administration Program is one of only four in the nation that offers doctoral studies and is also accredited by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). 

2018

Beijing Institute of Technology & Dongguan University of Technology - Summer Camp

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UNM’s Anderson School of Management and The Center for English Language & American Culture welcomed 54 students from China -- 40 from Beijing Institute of Technology Zhuhai and 14 from Dongguan University of Technology --  for a 4-week summer program with courses in Introduction to Management, Introduction to Marketing, and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparation. The Anderson School of Management is a world-class business school with award-winning faculty and programs, offering a wide array of degree programs. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and is one of the few programs in the world to attain both an Accounting and Business Accreditation from AACSB.

COMEXUS Undergraduate Summer Science Research Opportunity Program

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Through scholarships provided by the US-Mexico Commission for Educational & Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS), the research opportunity programs at The University of New Mexico allows undergraduate students from various institutions in Mexico to conduct research with UNM faculty and graduate assistants in STEM fields, as well as Business Management and Architecture. The programs also include a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation course. Students develop and improve not only their academic and English skills but also gain valuable experience in research techniques and methodologies while learning about the American educational system and culture.  

Friends of Fulbright – Argentina

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Focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, international business, architecture and programs for high-achieving and gifted students, The University of New Mexico and the US-Argentina Fulbright Commission created an innovative program which introduces participating students to a variety of transformative learning experiences with integration into UNM’s student and faculty communities. Students participated in 2 upper-division or graduate-level courses in their field of study, 1 course in interdisciplinary critical analysis for advanced learners, and a number of workshops on graduate study preparation. Through this program, Fulbright participants were able to enhance their cross-cultural communication skills and understanding while forging connections and relationships with UNM students and faculty. 

Institute for Community Identity & Leadership

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The Institute is dedicated to the strengthening of the identity and leadership of people in indigenous communities around the world. It focuses on community engagement of individuals in order to provide local citizens the opportunity to participate in activities leading to community leadership. By providing workshops that focus on developing skills in communications, place, identity, and representation, participants become experts in establishing themselves as leaders in their communities for their people. This program is offered in either Spanish or English and is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Mexico City and ANUIES (Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior – The National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions). 

 

Mandic School of Medicine - Community Health Certificate Program

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A partnership with São Leopoldo Mandic School in Brazil (SLMANDIC) and UNM Office for Community Health introduced a program to bring students from SLMANDIC to UNM to learn about its medicine course and experience, first-hand, the work done by family and community doctors in New Mexico. The first student to participate in this experience was Ana Luiza Drumond de Freitas, accompanied by Dr. Giuliano Dimarzio, professor and coordinator of the Primary Health Care (PHC) disciplines at SLMANDIC. During their stay, they experienced clinical care in PHC units, dialogued exhibitions, classes, community activities for education and health promotion, seminars, and courses mediated by telecommunication tools. Nunes Drumond de Freitas says that getting to know UNM “was a unique and very aggrandizing experience, as a medical student and as a person, and this will have a great impact on my professional life. I have always been interested in knowing the reality of medicine, of students and doctors in the United States, and I have always wanted to practice my English in the medical field because I think this is essential in my profession.”  (Photo from SLMANDIC Article.)

Sonora Higher Education Institution - International Education Collaborations with U.S.A. Higher Education Institutions

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UNM’s Global Education Office, in collaboration with the Sonora Higher Education Institution (Sonora HEI), brought together 13 professionals from Mexico to introduce them to international education practices used at US higher education institutions. In four days, they covered topics that ranged from Internationalization in the USA and Education Financial Models to USA University Admissions Standards & Practices and the Role of Community Colleges in Higher Education. Representatives came from Centro Regional de Formación Profesional Docente de Sonora, Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo, Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Cananea, Secretaría de Educación y Cultura, Universidad de Sonora, Universidad Tecnológica de Guaymas, Universidad Tecnológica de Hermosillo, Universidad Tecnológica de San Luis Río Colorado, and Universidad Unilíder. 

Universidad Nacional de la Plata - Smart Grids & Renewable Energy: U.S.-Argentina Innovation & Workforce Development

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The University of New Mexico and La Universidad Nacional de la Plata (UNLP) in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina brought together underrepresented undergraduate students in the electrical and computer engineering fields to focus on smart grid technology and renewable energy, with an emphasis in lithium battery innovation. By focusing on advancing undergraduate research capacity and stimulating entrepreneurial leadership skills in the global marketplace, UNM and UNLP are developing a platform to increase the preparedness of new professionals as they enter the workforce. Graduates with these additional skills and abilities offer competitive advantages to the companies and organizations looking for new ideas and resources to scale-up and commercialize smart grid, renewable energy innovations. UNLP students attending this 2-week program had the opportunity to attend the 2018 WEEF-GEDC (World Engineering Education Forum-Global Engineering Deans Council) Conference, the largest engineering education gathering in the world. 

Universidad Nacional de Rosario Cooperative Program in Advanced Simulation Faculty Development

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Argentine health professionals from Universidad Nacional de Rosario (UNR), the second-largest medical school in Argentina, teamed up with The University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center to learn about simulation training through UNM’s Basic Advance Trauma Computer Assisted Virtual Experience (BATCAVE). The BATCAVE is a state-of-the-art simulation program offering the ability to run customized medical training scenarios. Much of the training focuses on the educational and psychological aspects of simulation education, allowing students to experience operating under extreme pressure and anxiety which comes in handy in real-life situations as memory and training kick in. The UNR team came to UNM to not only learn from its simulation lab but ultimately share this educational training with others in their country. 

2017

COMEXUS International Mobility Scholarship Program

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The International Mobility Scholarship Program was designed for Mexican teachers of English. UNM's Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC) and Latin American Programs in Education (LAPE) collaborated to deliver academic content for the program. The courses had three main objectives: to improve the participants oral and written abilities in professional English, to provide the participants with recent pedagogical practices in the field of English as an additional language, and introduce the participants to technological tools that support the teaching and learning of English so they can implement these practices in their classrooms. In addition to the academic content, the program participants attended custom-designed cultural events to be sources of information and inspiration for the development of the participants’ future lesson plans. This program is sponsored by COMEXUS: Becas Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholarship

Communications Society Summer School

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The IEEE ComSoc Summer School is designed for young professionals, Ph.D. students, or recent graduates studying communications and related areas. It consists of lectures by international experts and includes poster presentations, site visits, and hands-on demos. The program covers fundamental, advanced, and hot topics in communications. 

Innovation Academy for Women of the Americas

 

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The Academy supports the advancement of underrepresented/minority women in the Americas including indigenous women in the innovation fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Architecture (STEM+A). Through accelerated research skills development, leadership enhancement, and ongoing mentorship and support, the program aims to increase the number of women in leadership positions within the STEM+A disciplines. Women in the Americas have valuable perspectives to contribute to these disciplines, and The Academy strives to develop the talents and leadership skills of undergraduate women for their long-term success, advance research across the continent, and ignite transformative social change.   

Institute for Community Identity & Leadership

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The Institute is dedicated to the strengthening of the identity and leadership of people in indigenous communities around the world. It focuses on community engagement of individuals in order to provide local citizens the opportunity to participate in activities leading to community leadership. By providing workshops that focus on developing skills in communications, place, identity, and representation, participants become experts in establishing themselves as leaders in their communities for their people. This program is offered in either Spanish or English and is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Mexico City and ANUIES (Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior – The National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions). 

 

Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

The University of New Mexico was among 40 universities selected by the U.S. Department of State to host elite young African leaders as part of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship. Led by UNM’s Sustainability Studies Program, this six-week summer institute brought together 25 African leaders with New Mexico’s local business leaders, investors, cultural leaders, artists, agrarians, and others interested in the tremendous opportunities in Africa to focus on leadership development and cultural exchange.

2016

Enrichment Program for Indigenous Women

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The University of New Mexico put together a 4-week program for indigenous women from Mexico focusing on the acquisition and strengthening of the English language and learning about the similarities and differences between indigenous communities of Mexico and New Mexico. The women met with leaders of Native American tribes in New Mexico which allowed them to gain insight toward obtaining a platform for research and communication between indigenous people in the Americas.

Innovation Academy for Women of the Americas

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The Academy supports the advancement of underrepresented/minority women in the Americas including indigenous women in the innovation fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Architecture (STEM+A). Through accelerated research skills development, leadership enhancement, and ongoing mentorship and support, the program aims to increase the number of women in leadership positions within the STEM+A disciplines. Women in the Americas have valuable perspectives to contribute to these disciplines, and The Academy strives to develop the talents and leadership skills of undergraduate women for their long-term success, advance research across the continent, and ignite transformative social change.  

Institute for Community Identity & Leadership

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The Institute is dedicated to the strengthening of the identity and leadership of people in indigenous communities around the world. It focuses on community engagement of individuals in order to provide local citizens the opportunity to participate in activities leading to community leadership. By providing workshops that focus on developing skills in communications, place, identity, and representation, participants become experts in establishing themselves as leaders in their communities for their people. This program is offered in either Spanish or English and is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Mexico City and ANUIES (Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior – The National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions).

2015

Cinematics Program

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New Mexico is home to "Hollywood in the Desert," famous for its unique light and landscape. Albuquerque itself has been designated as the best place for filmmakers to live and work by Moviemaker magazine. The University of New Mexico features an interdisciplinary Film and Digital Arts program with state-of-the-art facilities, technology, and award-winning faculty with experience in production and screenwriting. Participants are exposed to cutting-edge practices and work with faculty to enhance their skills in digital media, screenwriting, or photography.

COMEXUS International Research Opportunity Program

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Through scholarships provided by the US-Mexico Commission for Educational & Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS), the research opportunity programs at The University of New Mexico allows undergraduate students from various institutions in Mexico to conduct research with UNM faculty and graduate assistants in STEM fields, as well as Business Management and Architecture. The programs also include a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation course. Students develop and improve not only their academic and English skills but also gain valuable experience in research techniques and methodologies while learning about the American educational system and culture.  

 

CONACYT Engineering Research

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UNM’s School of Engineering welcomed 10 Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (the National Council of Science and Technology or CONACYT) recipients from the Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Tantoyuca in Veracruz to work on their research projects using the school’s facilities. Spearheaded by UNM’s Associate Dean of Engineering for International Programs, these engineering students were able to learn and apply the tools and methodologies used at UNM for teaching and research.CONACYT is Mexico's entity in charge of the promotion of scientific and technological activities, setting government policies for these matters, and granting scholarships for postgraduate studies. 

 

Enrichment Program for Indigenous Women

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The University of New Mexico put together a 4-week program for indigenous women from Mexico focusing on the acquisition and strengthening of the English language and learning about the similarities and differences between indigenous communities of Mexico and New Mexico. The women met with leaders of Native American tribes in New Mexico which allowed them to gain insight toward obtaining a platform for research and communication between indigenous people in the Americas.

Institute for Community Identity & Leadership

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The Institute is dedicated to the strengthening of the identity and leadership of people in indigenous communities around the world. It focuses on community engagement of individuals in order to provide local citizens the opportunity to participate in activities leading to community leadership. By providing workshops that focus on developing skills in communications, place, identity, and representation, participants become experts in establishing themselves as leaders in their communities for their people. This program is offered in either Spanish or English and is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Mexico City and ANUIES (Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior – The National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions).