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Arizona State University partners with Mexican institute on Los Angeles campus

PHOENIX — Arizona State University is partnering with Mexico’s University of Guadalajara to provide film students with new opportunities at the recently opened downtown Los Angeles campus, the California Center, ASU announced.

ASU President Michael Crow and University of Guadalajara President Ricardo Villanueva Lomeli signed an agreement on Sunday to connect the UdeG film school and the Sidney Poitier New American Film School of the ‘ASU for joint projects, student and faculty exchanges, and online education opportunities.

“One of the things we try to do at ASU, in a part of the United States that was occupied by Mexico, was to make sure that as we evolve as a university, we let us evolve with the closest possible cultural, intellectual knowledge, political, economic and cross-cultural connections and awareness around which we could eventually structure our institution,” Crow said in a press release.

“This relationship is part of that effort.”

UdeG will have a workspace at the California Center and will have access to campus resources and online programs.

Online learning opportunities will be offered through UdeG’s Online University, ASU Online Branch, EdPlus, and ASU Prep Digital for K-12 students.

Mexican nationals living in the United States will be able to enroll in digital education at UdeG, while both universities plan to offer programs for Hispanics in Los Angeles.

“There are over 2 million people from the Mexican state of Jalisco living in the United States; 58% of them live in California, and for them the presence of their home university would be invaluable,” Villanueva Lomelí said in the statement.

“That’s why we try to bring cultural activities closer to the two million Jaliscienses that we could not retain in the country. We have to come to LA and get closer to them.

The ASU has already collaborated with the UdeG.

In 2020, Arizona State created a transfer pathway program called Acceso ASU for students from four Mexican universities, including UdeG.

Sunday’s deal came amid a series of events at the California Center to mark ASU’s expansion into LA

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management also offer programs on the California campus.

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