Talks for closer relations with NY higher education

President Danilo Medina, Presidency Minister Gustavo Montalvo and Superior Education Minister, Alejandrina Germán, are in talks with a commission of representatives of New York State higher education institutes to propose a formal collaboration between NY State and Dominican colleges and universities. Existing cooperation agreements are being reviewed to include more programs for the sciences, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, disaster mitigation and management at the undergraduate, masters’ and doctorate levels. Included in the discussions is the proposal that New York State teachers come to the Dominican Republic to train Dominican educators.

The Ministry of Superior Education said that the New York mission included William Thompson, president of the Board of the City University of New York (CUNY) and Carl McCall, president of the State University of New York (SUNY).

Also participating was Dominican-born US congressman Adriano Espaillat, and US congressmen Luis Gutiérrez and Daren Soto, of Illinois and Florida, respectively.

Others participating in the mission are Lorraine Cortez Vázquez, senior advisor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and board member of CUNY; Havidan Rodríguez, president of the University of Albany; Gilbert Valverde, senior researcher of the US National Research Center and chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, School of Education, University of Albany; and Robert Balkin, director of the Office for Latin America & the Caribbean at the University of Albany.

15 November 2017