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Embry-Riddle Worldwide, CETYS Partner to Meet Growing Aerospace Industry in Mexico
July 27, 2017

A recent collaboration between Mexico’s CETYS University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus will not only strengthen the Baja California-based university’s master's program in Engineering and Innovation but also establish a series of courses specifically addressing the needs and interests of the fast-growing aerospace industry in Mexico.

Partner courses, which consist of approximately 45 hours of content taught by Embry-Riddle Worldwide instructors, started this month with more than a dozen students already enrolled. They include graduate-level classes from the Master of Science in Aeronautics, Master of Science in Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability, and Project Management degree programs. These courses were selected as they meet specific knowledge requested by the aerospace and aviation sector in Mexico. Additional science courses to further enhance the program have been identified and could be offered over the next year.

“This is a great opportunity for both institutions to collaborate, especially as we will meet the needs of the global aviation industry,” said Worldwide Chancellor Dr. John Watret, who along with Worldwide Dean of Aeronautics Dr. Ken Witcher, attended a June meeting of CETYS senior administrators, local economic leaders and regional aerospace industry representatives from Honeywell, Gulfstream Aerospace, UTC Aerospace Systems and others to solidify the agreement.

Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide, headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., encompasses more than 125 campuses and online learning opportunities around the globe. As part of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest and oldest institute of higher learning specializing in aviation and aerospace, Worldwide’s connection with CETYS further cements its commitment to bridging academic opportunity and resources with a growing industry demand for next-level expertise on an international scale.

Founded in 1961 as a higher education institution of excellence in Northwestern Mexico, CETYS University is a three-campus system located in Mexicali, Tijuana and Ensenada, Baja California. It is committed to the development of the region and is constantly looking to collaborate with international institutions to provide its students with the highest quality education, forming competitive professionals with a global vision. CETYS University is one of Mexico’s top higher education institutions and the only one accredited by the international agency, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

“We are working on synergies. The synergy of the strength that the aerospace and the aeronautical cluster brings to Mexicali, the needs they put on the table, the solutions that CETYS is already capable of providing but the added value that having a partner such as Embry-Riddle provides,” said Dr. Fernando León García, Rector of CETYS University.

Industry leaders say they are encouraged by how the partnership will strengthen existing skills and knowledge while also benefiting their employees. Alonso Kong, Director of Gulfstream Aerospace, said: "We believe that collaborating with Embry-Riddle will bring a different perspective to our current engineering departments.” And Miguel Blancas of UTC Aerospace Systems said the partnership will be “very positive and bring better results for our employees.”

To watch a video interview with CETYS and Embry-Riddle Worldwide leaders along with industry leaders discussing the partnership and its impact, go to

Media Contacts:
- Melanie Hanns, Director of Media Relations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Corporate Communications; Office: (386) 226-7538;
- Ana Carlota Muniz, Communications Specialist, CETYS University, Institutional Communications; Office: +52 (6865673700) ext. 1115;

About CETYS University
CETYS University is an institution of higher education founded in 1961 located in Northwestern Mexico on the border with the United States, one of the most dynamic international regions of the world. It is a three-campus university system developing well-rounded persons in Engineering, Business and the Social Sciences. CETYS is one university in Mexico currently accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, CETYS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). By incorporating internationalization, entrepreneurship, information literacy, industry linkages, social responsibility and sustainability across all programs, CETYS is committed to developing globally competitive professionals who will have a positive impact in today’s world. For more information, go to or

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and, and find expert videos at
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