Arkansas State Delays Opening of Mexico Campus

by Lee Hogan  on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 9:31 am  

Pictured is an artist's rendering of the proposed Arkansas State University campus in Queretaro, Mexico, which is now slated to open for classes in 2016. (Photo by Arkansas State University)

Arkansas State University had plans to open its campus in Mexico in fall 2015, but unforeseen problems have pushed that date to 2016.

The university on Thursday cited "unanticipated challenges providing sufficient infrastructure such as water and power" to the proposed campus in Queretaro.

"We and our partners in Mexico remain 100 percent committed to this campus," Chancellor Tim Hudson said in a news release. "Everyone knew the initial timeline for construction was aggressive."

Officials with A-State and a private business foundation in Mexico broke ground on the $50 million campus in February. When open, it will be the first comprehensive U.S. public university in Mexico.

The school is funded through private gifts. Arkansas State University CQ said it will underwrite any operating deficits for up to three years after course offerings begin. 

The university said work on curriculum and student services was on schedule but involved parties appreciated the extra time to prepare.

"This is a large and complex undertaking," Hudson said. "We completely understand the situation and remain excited about the opportunities."

Phase one of construction will establish the focal point of the campus. The university says the first phase of the university will accommodate 5,000 students. It has a goal of 1,000 students in the first year. The genesis of the project includes academics and services, along with some sports facilities and residential property.

Before the campus opening delay, other phases were planned for 2016, 2018 and 2021. When complete, the campus will include residential property, a mixed-use town center and mixed-use commercial property.

Check out the video renderings of the campus below in this short clip released in February by A-State:



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