News Alert: TIEC Brings UTRGV’s Spanish Online MBA Program to Students in Colombia


(AUSTIN, TX – June 22, 2020) — TIEC brings awareness of our Texas member universities’ programs and capabilities to a broader global audience. In that vein, TIEC connected The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s (UTRGV) new online Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Spanish program with Colombia’s major public lending institution for higher education: the Institute for Student Loans and Technical Studies Abroad (ICETEX). Thanks to the partnership, students living in Colombia can attend UTRGV’s online Spanish MBA program while financing their education through ICETEX.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for high quality, online graduate programs is greater than ever,” said Robin J. Lerner, TIEC’s president and CEO.  “UTRGV has built on its strong business programs to offer students a unique opportunity among U.S. universities and colleges: an entirely Spanish-language MBA program. The program was designed from the ground up with the intention of being completely online.

“TIEC is proud to help extend the reach of UTRGV’s Online Spanish MBA program to students in Colombia —  particularly at a time when students around the world are looking to further their career goals, even while many campuses aren’t able to offer in-person classes,” said Lerner.

The program offers students a competitive MBA program that can be completed in as little as 12 months. Through the partnership with TIEC, Colombian students applying are eligible to waive the application and processing fees, as well as participate in a two-week in-person component at UTRGV.

“We are excited about this collaboration with TIEC and ICETEX in bringing our new MBA in Spanish program to Colombian students,” said Parwinder S. Grewal, Executive Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies and New Program Development at UTRGV. “We are looking forward to supporting the Colombian students in their pursuit for acquiring this AACSB accredited MBA degree and improving their career prospects,” said Grewal.

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About The Texas International Education Consortium:

The Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) is an alliance of 31 public universities in Texas that facilitates and fosters international education programs and partnerships by, with, and for its university members. Since 1985, TIEC has helped to connect Texas education with the world. From facilitating long term institutional partnerships to identifying new and innovative short and long-term professional and educational hosting opportunities, TIEC is an invaluable resource to Texas higher education. TIEC also hosts a highly respected training institute based in its headquarters in Austin that hosts study abroad programs, professional training programs for teachers around the globe, intensive English and university pathways programs for international students, university to university matchmaking programs between TIEC members and international counterparts.

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