Carnegie Mellon University
February 18, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon, iCarnegie Global Learning Unite With Mexican Universities To Open 34 Project Training Centers

Opening of Centers in the Technological Universities of Mexico Marked in Formal Ceremony

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PITTSBURGH-Carnegie Mellon University, iCarnegie Global Learning LLC. ("iCarnegie"), a leading provider of educational strategy to governments, businesses and institutions around the world, and the Technological Universities of Mexico today announced the formal opening of a total of 34 iCarnegie Project Training Centers across Mexico.

These new training centers will offer iCarnegie's Software Development Program (SDP), which consists of more than a dozen courses in software design, engineering, quality assurance, project management, and other topics. All courses will be taught by iCarnegie-certified local instructors.

This unique effort was inaugurated in a formal ceremony at the campus of Universidad Tecnológica de León in Mexico. More than 300 students, faculty, and administrators were joined by representatives of the Mexican government, rectors from the participating Technological Universities of Mexico, and executives from both iCarnegie and CMU.

In prepared remarks, CMU Provost and Executive Vice President Mark S. Kamlet emphasized the potential of Mexico's high-tech economy and CMU's desire to facilitate its success. "We believe that Carnegie Mellon and iCarnegie are the right partners for Universidades Tecnológicas en Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación, and that our training centers will enable the university network to offer strongly differentiated technology programs that will strengthen relationships among the university, its students, businesses and entrepreneurs."

His remarks were echoed by iCarnegie CEO Gil Taran, who spoke on behalf of iCarnegie Chairman of the Board William Guttman. "We are committed to helping Mexico achieve its potential using CMU and iCarnegie's unique software development curriculum with its project-based, hands-on approach to learning," Taran said.

Dignitaries from the Mexican government included Miguel Márquez Márquez, governor of the Free and Sovereign State of Guanajuato. He remarked that the event represented "a historic day for Guanajuato for Mexico. These centers will enable students to have certification in information and communication technologies, allowing us to position ourselves strategically in the eyes of the world." 

Mayor Lic. Bárbara Botello, Presidenta Municipal Electa de León, added, "To the Universidad Tecnológica de Leon, congratulations for being the place where the future is being built involving young people and teachers who know how to make our country a better Mexico, a successful and triumphant Mexico." 

While the official opening occurred February 11, the effort has been ongoing for more than a year. A total of 800 teachers are expected to be certified in the program. It is estimated that more than 9,000 students will be enrolled in 34 iCarnegie Project Training Centers in 19 states across Mexico.