AIC Signs Second International Partnership Agreement



American International College has entered a second international partnership agreement as part of the College’s continuing commitment to increasing its international presence and creating opportunities for student and faculty exchange and student mobility. College President Hubert Benitez and Chief Operating Officer Nicolle Cestero, on behalf of AIC, have signed a partnership with the Catholic University of El Salvador (Universidad Catolica de El Salvador, or UNICAES).

Established in 1982, UNICAES is considered one of the most notable universities in El Salvador and consistently appears in the Latin America University Rankings as one of the top institutions in the region. The public university, located in Santa Ana, has a strong presence in STEM, engineering, and architecture, as well as the health sciences, including medical and nursing schools, nutrition, and dietetics.

As part of the agreement, AIC and UNICAES will work to promote cooperation in the fields of academic research and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. The partnership goals include opportunities for intercultural immersion programming, student exchange programs, and the sharing of ideas among faculty for research, lectures, and speaking engagements.

Earlier this year, AIC entered into a partnership agreement with St. Paul University in the Philippines (SPUP).  A ceremonial signing will take place at SPUP on December 7, 2022, prior to the initiation of the International Interdisciplinary Research Conference.  President Benitez will deliver the keynote speech at the conference, which is being co-hosted by AIC.

“These collaborations are in response to AIC’s goals of becoming a vibrant, year-round campus community for living and learning opportunities, of expanding the scope of its academic programs, and of reengaging with institutions from different countries”, according to Benitez. He adds, “AIC is taking a proactive approach to its internationalization efforts and is establishing focused strategic partnerships with institutions abroad who have an interest in joining AIC in academic, mobility, interdisciplinary and cultural immersion initiatives.”

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