JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas State University campus in Queretaro Mexico is set to open by fall 2017.
Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson returned from a trip to the campus site to see if the project is on target for the completion date.
Hudson said the campus will be more than just classrooms.
"We will have everything from academic space to resident halls to a Reng center. It will be the Reng center of Queretaro of Mexico. Everything is making good progress and I am very pleased with the progress," Hudson said.
Hudson said not only are people here in Arkansas excited for the project, but so are those in Mexico.
"Our product is in demand in Mexico. There are a lot of young people in Mexico and the demographics in Mexico favor our education so it is a good place to be right now," Hudson said.
Hudson said both students at A-State's main campus and students at the new campus will benefit from their project.
"It is an opportunity for our students to learn more about the world and for their students to learn more about us and the tangible benefits are equally beneficial," Hudson said.
Hudson said the campus is being built on 800,000 square-feet of land.
The future plans also include a community growing around the campus.
Hudson said he is happy the university is one of the first to start such a rare but beneficial project.
"It is very exciting, there are days I think 'what the heck are we doing' but when you talk to the folks in Mexico and you hear the excitement about what this could mean for their country," said Hudson. "Again not only the practical outcomes of helping them compete in the global market place but also educating folks to being leaders in that society and communities, that is just heartwarming and exciting."
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