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Thursday March 7, 2013

Cervantes Institute Partners with University To Strengthen Masters in Spanish Education

Cervantes Institute Partners with University To Strengthen Masters in Spanish Education

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The Cervantes Institute and the Menendez Pelayo International University are increasing their cooperation in a master’s degree program in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

Cervantes Institute director Victor Garcia de la Concha and university rector Cesar Nombela met on Thursday in Madrid to sign an agreement that will tighten the links between the two institutions in the Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language University Master’s Program.

The new accord is designed to update previous agreements and consolidate mutual cooperation in the structure and teaching plan for the master’s degree program, which is offered in July and August for two consecutive years at the university campus in Santander.

Nombela emphasized the importance of the mutual collaboration, which began in January 2005 with the organization of the master’s program, from which - since it began during the 2006-2007 academic year - 300 professors of Spanish have graduated.

“The deficit in well-trained professors is large,” said Garcia de la Concha, while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of contributing to improving higher educational training of Spanish language professors all over the world, especially in the United States, Brazil and China.