“Thankfully, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has seen the work we have done and the progress we have made,” declared Dr. Francisco Cadena Santos, director of the School of Nursing at the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT), Mexico. Dr. Santos praised the Graduate Center for signing the Agreement for Academic Cooperation to establish an exchange program between UAT and the Graduate Center’s doctoral studies program in nursing science.
UAT, a Mexican public university, has campuses throughout the state of Tamaulipas; one of its four schools of nursing is based in Nuevo Laredo, on the U.S.-Mexico border. The cooperative program in nursing science is the first of its kind within the doctoral nursing program at City University of New York.
The new agreement creates opportunities, beginning in January 2013, for nursing science faculty and doctoral students at both universities to teach and/or study in the partner institution. In the future, there are plans for similar agreements between the Graduate Center nursing science doctoral program and the University of Antioquia, Colombia, and the University of Panama, allowing both these institutions to participate in collaborative doctoral work.
This unique initiative enables the Graduate Center to further establish its presence in the international academic community and provide a forum for the exchange of intellectual and cultural ideas. “This agreement also represents the recognition of the growing Latino population throughout CUNY and the New York City community and the necessary recognition of the effects of globalization on health and social justice,” said Keville Frederickson, executive officer of the Graduate Center’s doctoral program in nursing science.
At the signing on November 16, (l. to r.) Santos and the mayor of Nuevo Laredo, Benjamín Galván Gómez, joined Frederickson and Martha Whetsell, a member of the doctoral faculty in nursing science, and others to celebrate what Dr. Santos called “a great achievement . . . one that many universities in Latin America and the world would like to realize.”