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Launch of Durham English Language Training in Sinaloa state, Mexico

(12 July 2017)

Mexican students with Director of Social Commitment Citibanamex

A new 8 week English language programme run by Durham University’s English Language Centre attended by 65 prospective postgraduate students from across Mexico was launched in Culiacan, Sinaloa last week.

This English Language course is the first initiative of its kind in Mexico’s and was launched through a high profile televised event in Culiacan on Monday 19 June.

The event was also the opportunity for key funders in Mexico to announce that the 65 Students will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships to undertake postgraduate training in the UK at Durham University through the funding provided by Citibanamex, the Government of the State of Sinaloa and The Mexican Ministry for Science and Technology - CONACyT.

The course forms part of a Mexico – UK initiative in which Durham University and Leeds University have partnered with CONACyT to provide postgraduate training in energy related research to high calibre students from Mexico. Many postgraduate students from Mexico have already joined postgraduate programmes in Energy at Durham University this year through this initiative and number of other applications are in progress.

By providing this English Language course in Mexico, Durham University is ensuring that the opportunity of postgraduate studies in the UK is made available to excellent students from more disadvantaged backgrounds who have a good standard of English but have been unable to complete their full English qualifications.

The event was attended by The Director of Social Commitment at Citibanamex - Andrés Albo Márquez; the Governor of the State of Sinaloa - Quirino Ordaz Coppel; The Secretary of Education and Culture - Dr. José Enrique Villa Rivera; The Mayor of Culiacan, Sinaloa - Jesus Valdez Palazuelos; The Director General of a consortium of Mexican technical universities called Tecnológico Nacional de México, or TechNM – Manuel Quintero Quintero ; and the Directors of a number of Mexican Universities.

The event was also an opportunity to thank Professor María Teresa Alonso Rasgado, Honorary Representative of CONACyT, for her key role in developing the Durham- Mexico partnership by announcing the award of her new Honorary Professorship at Durham.

Evelyn Tehrani from the Durham Energy Institute, who was representing Durham University at the event, highlighted the important role of energy research and training:

“Durham University and Durham Energy Institute is delighted to be developing this strong link with Mexico. We have been pleased to welcome such high calibre postgraduate students from Mexico to the University over the past year. We believe the energy research and training the students are undertaking at Durham will make a valuable contribution to the energy reforms and future ambitions of Mexico, allowing students to return to Mexico to lead energy transitions and promote development in their communities. Through this offshore English Language course we aim to widen the opportunity for students to come to the UK to undertake postgraduate research and look forward to welcoming more students at Durham”.

Dr Fiona O’Carroll, Deputy Director of Durham University’s International Office said:

“The Mexican student population in Durham is growing and making an increasing contribution to the University and the wider community. Feedback from academic staff about the quality of the students has been very positive and we are delighted to be involved in an initiative which will bring more talented students from Mexico to Durham”. 

Citibanamex is the second largest bank in Mexico with an extensive range of projects focused on social and environmental development. Andrés Albo Márquez Director of Social Commitment at Citibanamex said:

“Through our programme of Young People of Excellence, in partnership with Higher education Institutions and private initiatives, we commit to build efforts so that students can realize their studies in International Leading Universities”.


Background information

Durham University’s partnership with CONACyT

Durham University currently has 45 students from Mexico who are fully or partially funded through the Mexican Science and Technology Council - CONACyT. The University recently built on its general agreement with CONACyT by signing a new energy-focused agreement to deliver postgraduate training in energy at Durham University through Durham Energy Institute (DEI)

The first students coming to Durham through the scheme arrived in October 2016, with students undertaking both masters (taught and research) and PhD in energy-related areas across a range of departments. Further students arrived in January 2017 with a new cohort due to arrive in September 2017. These postgraduate students are based across Durham University in Departments of Engineering, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, focusing on a range of energy issues including new and renewable Energy technologies, smart energy systems, Solar energy materials, fuel cells and batteries, waste management, and the social impacts of energy technologies.

Find out about what our current Mexican students think of Durham University. 


XV Symposium of Mexican Studies and Students

Durham University will also be hosting the XV Symposium of Mexican Studies and Students 12 to 14 July. The Symposium is an annual student-led multidisciplinary meeting that brings together talented researchers from all over the UK supported by the Mexican Embassy in the UK and CONACyT. Throughout fourteen years, the event has become the most relevant academic event in the United Kingdom for students and academics interested in Mexico. This year’s event will hold an energy panel discussion focused on the energy reforms underway in Mexico and Mexico’s role in wider global energy transitions. Professor Jon Gluyas, Executive Director of Durham Energy Institute will be joining the panel along with Tania Songini, former Chief Financial Officer of Siemens UK, and Jose Padilla from Ernest Young’s International Tax Services Latin America Business Centre (Europe). Other high profile speakers will also be presenting at the event.


Durham University English language Centre

The English Language Centre provides high quality English language teaching expertise for students at all levels; pre-university entry, undergraduate and postgraduate. The Centre also plays a central role in enhancing the experience of both home and international students