Texas Tech University

Texas Tech and the Rawls College of Business Extend Joint Degree Program with Universidad Anahuac

August 30, 2005

TEXAS TECH EXTENDS JOINT DEGREE PROGRAM WITH UNIVERSIDAD ANAHUAC A program that allows both Mexican and American students to earn an MBA degree from Texas Tech University and Universidad Anahuac will continue for another five years.

Texas Tech Chancellor David Smith and officials from both universities, including Dean Allen T. McInnes, were on hand Tuesday, August 30th in Mexico City, Mexico to sign an agreement that will renew the program for another five-year cycle.

The program is overseen by the Area of Marketing and International Business in the Rawls College of Business Administration. Students begin their coursework in Mexico and finish in the United States. Since the students spend time working in both countries, they must speak English and Spanish. Students earn an MBA issued jointly by both universities.

Smith said international academic programs play an important role in giving students a broad educational experience.

"In today's increasingly global marketplace, we must strive to educate our students about other countries and peoples to help them function on an international scale," Smith said. "International study programs provide these benefits by helping students not only learn about other countries, but gain friends in them as well."

The program began as a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund to Improve Postsecondary Education. Four classes of students have graduated since the program's inception in 2000.

CONTACT: Emily Phillips, Associate Director of International Business Education Programs, Rawls College of Business Administration, (806) 742-2041 or emily.phillips@ttu.edu.