MERCOSUR arose as a natural choice for a WVU portal thanks to the incredible economic and development similarities between West Virginia and the region.
One of the main determining factors for choosing portal locations is economic similarities. MERCOSUR has been chosen as the location for a WVU portal to represent Latin America and our many efforts in the region. WVU's longstanding partnerships with universities in the region allows us to develop and sustain fruitful partnerships in research and education abroad.
Under the direction of Dr. Victor Mucino, WVU has developed a longstanding program in Querétaro, Mexico. The program engages engineering students with industries in the region, working alongside Mexican students to develop innovative strategies for problems in practical engineering. The program offers students cultural immersion and Spanish language exposure, with seamlessly integrating into their curriculum.
100K Strong for the Americas
In 2015, WVU was awarded a 100K Strong for the Americas grant for its collaboration with the National University of Asuncion (UNA), Paraguay. The project focused on an innovation challenge of a real-world problem facing both West Virginia and Paraguay with teams of students from WVU and UNA working collaboratively to develop solutions.
The partnership grew thanks to a Fulbright program by Dr. Gerard D'Souza working with resource economists at UNA. This collaboration has led to countless developments in the region, and several ambassadorial visits to campus. Recently, WVU Energy Institute and ITAIPU Binacional engaged in a strategic partnership for collaboration and development.
Multilateral Partnership for Interprofessional Exchange (MPIE)
WVU and Amizade, a global service-learning provider, collaborate on the MPIE program providing fully-supervised medical rotations. The program takes place in Satarém, Pará, Brazil where WVU has a longstanding history of education abroad experiences, particularly in the health sciences. More information on the program can be found at https://amizade.org/program/mpie/.