Canada-Mexico university partnership unites newest and oldest graduate business schools

    Academic cooperation agreement ceremony today in Mexico City

    FREDERICTON, NB, Nov. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The University of Fredericton,
Canada's newest university, is partnering with Universidad Iberoamericana
(UIA) to offer a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and an Executive
Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program that will provide managers in
Mexico the opportunity to continue working while earning an international
degree. The first 20 students from the MBA program at UIA will begin courses
in January 2008, taking advantage of this new form of globally accessible
business education.
    "We push the boundaries to deliver engaging, challenging and relevant
learning experiences that are responsive to the needs of our learners," said
University of Fredericton president Glenn McInnes. "Through this program,
students will be able to interact in real time with their peers worldwide,
gaining an immediate, practical, global perspective on course material."
    The partnership signing ceremony will be reported on Pablo Boullosa's
popular TV Azteca television show Domingo 7, and the University of Fredericton
plans to offer 10 $7,500 scholarships through a foundation that helps
Tarahumara Indians improve their lives.
    "Just as Canada's economic competitiveness can be improved through the
use of advanced technologies and innovation to provide access to higher
education to everyone in Canada, we hope to make this UIA-University of
Fredericton online EMBA program available to all those people in Mexico who
cannot otherwise access education so they can become leaders, entrepreneurs,
innovative managers, strong communicators, and builders of new forms of
economic sustainability in Mexico," said Mtro. Jorge Smeke Zwaiman, Maestria
en Direccion de Empresas (MBA Program Coordinator), Universidad
    The Academic Cooperation Agreement Ceremony takes place at 5:00 p.m. on
Tuesday, November 20 at Universidad Iberoamericana. An online course
demonstration for students will follow at 6:00 p.m.

    Universidad Iberoamericana is a private higher education institution
founded in 1943 by the Society of Jesus with a main library, Biblioteca
Francisco Xavier Clavijero, that holds more than 400,000 books, magazines and
journals and is the largest library in a private university in Mexico, with
some of the books dating back to the arrival of the Spaniards.

    The University of Fredericton is Canada's newest university. It offers a
wholly online Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program in
Collaborative Leadership and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program
in Leadership, both of which utilize the latest technology to meet the
business education needs of students globally with minimum disruption to their
personal and professional lives. For more information, please visit

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