The first steps toward Arkansas State University’s new 20,000 person campus located in Mexico began Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony.
ASU officials and members of the Mexican government attended the festivities along with nearly 2,000 onlookers.
ASU’s Vice President for Strategic Communications and Economic Development Jeff Hankins said the campus, funded by private investors in Mexico, will in many ways mimic ASU.
“This campus will use the Arkansas State University brand, its name, the Redwolves mascot, it will use our curriculum, and all of the courses will be taught in English. The business and political leaders in Mexico are very excited about working with a university in the United States to bring an American style comprehensive campus which will be the first one ever built in Mexico,” said Hankins
Officials with ASU said the campus is being created in part to further the university's mission of providing international learning opportunities for both students and faculty. Students, mostly from Mexico, will begin classes in the fall of next year.
The campus near the two million person Queretaro City is being built in four phases including the construction of a town center and retail area. The final phase is set to begin in 2021.