McRobbie Leads Delegation to Mexico

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McRobbie (left) met with UNAM President Enrique Graue Wiechers. (photo courtesy Indiana University) McRobbie (left) met with UNAM President Enrique Graue Wiechers. (photo courtesy Indiana University)
BLOOMINGTON -

Indiana University is continuing efforts to strengthen its relationship with the largest university in Latin America. IU President Michael McRobbie led a delegation to Mexico last week and reached an agreement with the National Autonomous University of Mexico to "explore further areas of collaboration."

McRobbie was the first IU president to make a trip to Mexico since 1980. The university says it has seen a "substantial" increase in its Latino population.

"IU has had a long and successful history of engagement in Latin America and in Mexico," said McRobbie. "By pursuing partnerships with Mexico's top educational institutions and deepening ties with our growing ranks of IU alumni in Latin America, we will facilitate greater cultural understanding of this important and growing demographic and creative academic and research exchanges that have the potential to bring substantial and lasting economic benefits to the Hoosier state."

The university says it has had a successful relationship with UNAM for nearly two decades and formal partnership between the two institutions has been in place since 2013. During the trip, McRobbie also met with other educational and political leaders, including U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson.

McRobbie also presided over the inauguration of IU's new Mexican alumni chapter. The university says it has nearly 10,000 Latino alumni, with nearly 500 associated with Mexico.

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