Students Staff

04 June 2015

Vice-Chancellor meets Mexican students ahead of 50th anniversary visit

The Vice-Chancellor meets Mexican students

Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster and Professor Todd Landman meet Mexican students

Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster has met Mexican students studying at Essex, ahead of his visit to Mexico later this month.

He will visit the country for a week with Executive Dean of Social Science, Professor Todd Landman, to celebrate and strengthen the University’s links with Mexico.

More than 800 Essex graduates are based in Mexico, and our links with the country have grown and developed since the 1960s, when founding Vice-Chancellor Sir Albert Sloman committed the University to studying Latin America.

With Essex marking its 50th anniversary this year, Professor Forster will celebrate this milestone with up to 100 Essex graduates at an alumni reception in Mexico City.

He will also visit key educational and research partners in Mexico to explore ways of broadening our collaborations. Professor Landman will give a lecture on Democracy and Human Rights in Latin America.

The group of Essex-based Mexican postgraduate students talked about their studies and their experiences at the University, and how they might continue to maintain links with Essex when they return to Mexico.

Octael Nieto Vazquez said: “I came to Essex because of the quality of the Department of Government.”

Anasol Peña-Rios, who is studying in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, said: “For my research, the infrastructure is good and the academics have a lot of experience and they are very friendly and approachable.

“I have met many people from different places and made friends with them, and I have memories with them.”

Luis Humberto Rodríguez Silva, who is studying applied linguistics, said: “There are very few universities in the world doing research in my area.”

If you will be in Mexico City on Friday 19 June, sign up for Professor Landman’s talk and the alumni reception.

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