NMSU officials looking into building a campus in Mexico

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University could be going international.

An NMSU campus is being planned in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

The NMSU board of regents voted to sign a letter of intent on Tuesday in favor of the new campus.

The university will be given up to a year of exploration to come up with a solid plan on how it will build the new campus.

NMSU Provost Dan Howard is the leader behind this new proposal. He says the possible new location has a lot of benefits.

“When we looked at the city, we thought it was great for us. It’s a beautiful city and it’s industrial as well,” said Howard.

Howard says the campus will be funded by private investors from Mexico. The university will not provide any funds for the new campus.

NMSU will make money from student tuition. The university will receive 12 percent of the new school’s tuition money.

Howard says the money will be put into the university’s general funds.

NMSU will contribute to the new campus by providing faculty members from the U.S. and Mexico.

Several NMSU students say they welcome the idea of a Mexico campus.

“I think it’s a really good idea. Especially I think it will help those students and us as well. It will help us branch out and become open-minded about people from other places,” said Alexis Taffoia, an NMSU student.

Others say it will help NMSU receive more recognition.

“Just the idea, it’s kind of interesting to see how we would branch off in NMSU going global,” said Lupita Rubio.

Howard says the next step is coming up with a solid plan for the new campus before presenting it to the Legislature in January for a final approval.

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