FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg signed an agreement this week with former Peruvian President Alan Garcia to create research and student exchange programs with Universidad de San Martín de Porres in Peru.
Garcia, who twice served as president of Peru, is currently the director of the Government Institute at the Peruvian university. The agreement is designed to create a framework for collaboration, with both universities now exploring opportunities for joint research, student exchange and study abroad, as well as faculty visits. The agreement was an initiative led by the Latin American and Caribbean Center in the College of Arts & Sciences.
While on campus, Garcia also delivered a lecture, “Insights and Perceptions,” in which he discussed current economic and political trends in the hemisphere. A lawyer, sociologist and regional expert, Garcia is the leader of the Peruvian Apra Party and served his first presidential term from 1985-1990, and his second term from 2006-2011. He is credited with increasing Peru’s GDP to an average of 7 percent growth, holding inflation below 3 percent annually, and leaving Peru’s foreign exchange reserves at $47 billion.
The lecture was co-sponsored by Maloka, the graduate student association at LACC.