Upon her arrival to TecMilenio University, Secretary Clinton was welcomed by Lorenzo Zambrano, President of the Tec System Board of Trustees, Carlos Cruz, Vice-President of Tec System Innovation & Development, and Alejandro Cristerna, President of TecMilenio University. As they led her up the walkway into the university, the Secretary stopped to greet a few of the hundreds of excited students who came to see her visit. Once inside the building, the Secretary and the Governor of the State of Nuevo Leon, Natividad Gonzalez Paras, held a short meeting in the university library. Officials then led the Secretary to TecMilenio’s auditorium where a student introduced Secretary Clinton to a crowd of about 300 students and 70 journalists. An enthusiastic round of applause erupted.
Founded in 2002 and part of the prestigious Monterrey Institute of Technology system, TecMilenio has 39 different campuses in 21 Mexican states. TecMilenio’s mission is to give its students, most of them from middle or working class backgrounds, a thorough preparation in the modern requirements of today’s workforce. To achieve its mission, the university has developed a state-of-the-art education model, fully utilizing modern workplace technologies and on-line distance learning. Its success is demonstrated in that 80% of its students graduate with a job in hand.
The choice of this modern university as the site of Secretary Clinton’s visit became especially relevant as the Secretary delivered her remarks on using smart power and new technology to connect civil society and create green jobs. She discussed how young people play an essential role in shaping the future of their country and announced a regional summit of youth movements to address the problem of violence in society. Secretary Clinton also spoke about the connection Mexico and the United States share and how the two countries can work together to respond to mutual challenges, such as narcotrafficking and the current economic crisis.
Secretary Clinton then responded to questions from students in the auditorium and from students participating throughout Mexico via webcast. Questions were asked on various topics, from bilateral education programs to the contribution students can make to U.S.-Mexican relations. Another enthusiastic round of applause erupted as the Secretary made her closing remarks.