Oct 12, 2009, 6:58 AM
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Re: [richmx2] Going to a Mexican University?
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New guy here. I am a dual-national US/Costa Rica (CR). Several of my relatives are also dual-nationals US/CR and have been educated in one or both places. We also have family that has been educated in Mexico that lives in CR.
The real question here is where one wishes to work and live for the majority of one's life and what type of major one wishes to study in the university. This is where the impact will be felt depending on where one wants to study and live.
Example 1. My sister in CR is an MD. Currently she can only practice medicine there. For her to practice in the US there are a series of examinations and licensing procedures she would have to go through. These are considered onerous, and are not the same exams she would have had to take had she been educated here. OTOH, had she been educated here, she would be able to practice in CR freely.
Example 2. My cousin is a lawyer in CR. In order to practice law in CR he has to have a law degree from CR. He also has a follow-on law degree (LLM) from Cornell. He can practice law in NY if he wishes to being that he is a bar member there. If he had taken his first law degree outside of CR he would not be allowed to practice law in CR.
Example 3. Several relatives in CR have studied medicine in Mexico. They are free to practice in CR. In fact it used to be said that the better doctors in CR were trained in Mexico.
Example 4. Me. I am an engineer, and P.E. licensed in several US states and Canadian provinces. To get these licenses I had to be a graduate of an "approved" university. Most of the universities in Mexico are not approved for US or Canadian licensing, though some progress is being made in this regard with comity and reciprocity agreements. If I would have taken my degree in Mexico or CR, I would not be able to get a P.E. license here in the US or Canada. However, being educated here in the US, I am free to work in Mexico, as Pemex is one of my clients.
Right now it looks like the advantage lays with the US in terms of mobility between the two countries if one is a dual-national between the US and almost any other country in Latin America.
Just some other notes of what I have read in other posts on this thread.
1. Plagiarism and cheating are as rampant in the US as anywhere else I have seen. My wife has seen this first-hand as an adjunct professor, and I saw it in graduate school here in Houston.
2. True, the university experience overall in Latin America focuses more on the profession/major than on the Renaissance Man approach that US universities used to advocate. Unfortunately these requirements are slipping away from universities in the US as well. No more reading of "Great Books" like in the old days. Shame.
3. My own observations for Mexico, and Latin America in general, is that your "connections" in life and business actually tend to be more determined by where you went to high school, rather than where you went to college, as your last set of friends are made there before everyone scatters.