Latin America & Caribbean

Latin America and Caribbean

SUNY´s Office for Latin America and Caribbean opened its doors in 2004. Since that time, the SUNY Office for Latin America and Caribbean team has helped create new and diverse programs and research opportunities for campuses and helped move students, faculty and researchers between the United States and Mexico. The SUNY Office for Latin America works directly with all four of SUNY´s University Centers, several more doctoral degree-granting institutions, nearly all 13 University Colleges and a growing list of Community Colleges and Technology Colleges.

  • The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
  • The Mexican Council on Science & Technology (CONACYT)
  • The U.S.-Mexico Fulbright Commission (COMEXUS)
  • Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI)
  • Tec de Monterrey
  • Universidad Iberoamericana
  • Universidad de las Americas – Puebla (UDLAP)
  • The federal Ministry of Education (SEP)
  • The State of Puebla
Bob Balkin, Director of the Mexico Office, and Adriana Jimenez, Program Assistant

Bob Balkin, Director Office for Latin America and Caribbean
Adriana Jimenez, Program Assistant

Contact Information

The SUNY Office for Latin America and Caribbean also serves the Office of Global Affairs as a bridge to programs in Latin America, such as the Brazil “Science without Borders” initiative and it has opened new streams of intensive English students to the SUNY system.

When contemplating work or travel to Mexico, we encourage you to be in touch with us first. Centrally located, with easy access to all parts of Mexico City, the SUNY Office for Latin America can be your in-country office, with desks, phones and WiFi. See you soon! ¡Hasta pronto!

New Initiatives

The U.S. and Mexican governments have created an important new initiative to promote higher education exchange and research.  In his May 2013 visit to Mexico City, President Obama and Mexican President Peña Nieto created the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII, for its initials in Spanish). FOBESII has thrust higher education to the top of the policy agenda of what is considered the most complex and multi-faceted relationship that the U.S. has with any other nation.  FOBESII is the mechanism that each government will utilize to accomplish its own higher education priorities.  For the U.S., it is President Obama´s “100,000 Strong in the Americas” initiative, which seeks to receive 100,000 students and researchers from Latin America, the Caribbean (and Canada) by 2020 and to send out the same number to the region by that date.  Mexico has its own initiative aimed solely at the U.S. called “Proyecta 100,000,” which aspires to have 100,000 higher education students and researchers in the U.S. by 2018, meaning that to get to that number, Mexico expects to send more than 350,000 total.  

Click below to learn about these new FOBESII initiatives:

Four-week summer 2014 leadership institute for Native American students Universidad de las Americas – Puebla (UDLAP)

Three-week Academic Summer Programs taking place on six universities of Puebla, 2014 (application form)

Office of Global Affairs