Arkansas State to break ground on campus in Mexico

By JILL BLEEDAssociated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Feb. 5 groundbreaking is planned for Arkansas State University's new campus in Mexico.

The university plans to open a $50 million campus in the state of Queretaro (keh-REH'-tah-roh). Officials there approached Arkansas State for help in creating an American-style university where students live on campus as an alternative to the traditional commuter school in Mexico.

Classes will be taught in English, and the school will initially offer 15 majors, including electrical engineering, chemistry, world languages, business administration and strategic communications.

Project leader Yvonne Unnold (OO'-nahld) says the school estimates that about 30 percent of the students will come from the state of Queretaro, while another 30 percent will come from other states in Mexico. The remainder of the student population will come from Latin America and other countries worldwide.

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