As of next year, learning English language will be compulsory for state primary school students in Mexico, in a bid to better prepare students for a globalised world and encourage more students to study abroad.
Mexico and the UK have signed a mutual qualifications recognition agreement which stakeholders say will increase bilateral student mobility and make it easier to create transnational partnerships and initiatives.
International English language courses and university preparation programmes provider, Kaplan International, is expanding its global footprint with its first office in Mexico to meet demand from Mexican students wanting to study abroad. Kaplan currently serves around 150 Mexican students and has opened a new centre in Polanco, Mexico City.
A huge study of 22,000 university students and professors carried out by Universia, the largest global network of Spanish and Portuguese speaking universities, has revealed that only 15% of students in Spain, Portugal and Latin America have studied in a foreign country.
Mexico is embarking on an ambitious strategy to boost the number of students it sends to the USA each year to 100,000 by 2018, and its aims received the endorsement of the USA in recent three-way trade talks with Canada. Proyecta 100,000 also aims to increase the number of US students in Mexico to 50,000.
US-based education company Bridge has announced it will expand into pathway programmes by opening four centres on university campuses in the US and Brazil, preparing international students for study at American universities.
Interregional mobility in the Americas got a boost this week with the announcement of 600 scholarships for masters or doctoral studies in science and engineering in Mexico. The funding will go to citizens of the Americas with 100 scholarships earmarked for students from Central America and the Caribbean.