article_240217153508Three-day event focused on Higher Education partnerships with our neighbors from the South

The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce recently expanded their development deliverable when they embarked on a three-day trek to Puebla Mexico with several key members of their organization.

This trip was a part of the inaugural West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Higher Education Trade Mission which featured delegates from the Alamo Colleges, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas A&M San Antonio, KFW Engineers & Surveying, and the Community Resource Group.  Leading the delegation was Councilman Ray Lopez and Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales from the City of San Antonio as well as Board Chairman Rudolph F. Rodriguez and President Gabe Farias from the West Chamber.

The organization spent time with three different Puebla institutions of higher learning where they embarked on tours and meetings with several high level officials from each campus.  The trip started with a tour of Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla where the group met with Olivia Quiroz, the Director of International Academic Affairs.  The group then took a tour of the campus and next followed with a visit to the University of the Americas (UDLAP) where they met with several officials including the Dean of Global Education Ingrid Kirschning Albers to discuss abroad opportunities.

The following day the delegation met with Ms. Monica Doger, the Regional Director for the South-East of Mexico CONACYT (National Council of Science and Technology) for a breakfast round table discussion.  The group then visited the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) located in the heart of the city where they toured the campus and met with a group led by Pablo Nuno de la Parra, the General Director for Internationalization.

West Chamber President Gabe Farias was thrilled with the participation as well as the possibilities that came out of the trip, “This was by far one of the greatest moments in the history of the West Chamber as we now embark upon international development opportunities for our membership,” he started.  “It was amazing to see with each meeting the seeds being planted for partnerships that will no doubt enhance each of the institutions we took on this trip and we are already looking forward to what will most certainly be an annual trek for the Chamber.”

For more information on the West Chamber’s Trade Mission please call (210) 229-1266.