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Dr. Mateo Aquino Febrillet, Chancellor of Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Visits Hostos Community College

Thursday, October 18, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - Félix Matos Rodríguez, President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY, welcomed Rector Mateo Aquino Febrillet of Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and members of his delegation to the Hostos campus on October 1.

For President Matos Rodríguez, the day provided a chance to reconnect with an ally in the world of education. “I met Rector Mateo Febrillet during one of our special study abroad trips to the Dominican Republic, which are invaluable learning experiences for our students as well as the NYC DOE teachers who also participate. The instruction and educational field trips offered by the UASD under the leadership of Rector Aquino Febrillet were phenomenal, and now I have the honor of welcoming him to our campus.”

At the meeting, Hostos Provost Carmen Coballes-Vega discussed the college's academic offerings and programs, while Hostos Associate Dean Ana García Reyes discussed current demographics and the college’s longstanding collaborations and partnerships within New York City’s Dominican community and the New York City Department of Education. García Reyes also emphasized the importance of maintaining successful collaborations between Hostos and Universidad Autónoma, as they have been highly effective in expanding participants’ knowledge of the language, culture, history, and educational system of the Dominican Republic.

At the end of the meeting, President Matos Rodríguez and Provost Coballes-Vega said  they looked forward to working more with their educational partner in the Dominican Republic. “We greatly appreciate Rector Mateo Aquino Febrillet’s strong support of our initiatives,” President Matos Rodríguez said. “I look forward to continuing our collaboration with him as we increase our study abroad opportunities in the Dominican Republic.”

Dr. Mateo Aquino Febrillet, Chancellor of Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Visits Hostos Community College

Thanking him for visiting Hostos, Provost Coballes-Vega added:  “I am looking forward to working with Dr. Aquino Febrillet on future projects, and hope that on a subsequent visit he will get to know many more of our students and faculty members.”

Rector Mateo Febrillet concurred, affirming his continuing support for these academic exchanges and collaborations through the agreement that exists between Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo and Hostos Community College.

About Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo Autonomous University (UASD) is the public university in the Dominican Republic, it has its central campus in Santo Domingo city, also has campuses in Puerto Plata, San Juan de la Maguana, La Vega , Hato Mayor, Nagua, Santiago Rodríguez, Higüey, Barahona, Santiago, Mao and San Francisco de Macoris. The Dominican public university was established with the Papal Bull in Apstolatus culminate in the name of Santo Tomas Aquino University, during October 28, 1538, and is the oldest university in the Americas.

UASD has its beginnings during 1944 in the days of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo´s dictatorship and among the first schools that were built are: The Faculty of Medicine, Engineering, Science Laboratory and a Central Library, recently built a new library is among the most modern libraries in the Dominican Republic.

Santo Domingo Autonomous University (UASD) has the highest enrollment of students at Dominican University, where student enrollment now exceeds 160 thousand, studying the various careers that offer the high house of studies in the Dominican Republic.

Santo Domingo Autonomous University (UASD), despite being a state university, the authorities are elected by the members of this university and the cost of enrolling in it is minimal, because the Dominican government subsidizes a portion of the costs of this Dominican University.

About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to over 7,000 students in 2012. The College also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872, 718-518-6513


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