The NMC is excited to welcome another international university into our community! Based out of Cali, Colombia, the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente proudly offers 19 undergraduate programs and 18 postgraduate programs, all of which are housed within one of its five schools, including: School of Engineering, School of Economics and Business Management, School of Social Communication, School of Basic Sciences, and School of Humanities. With 11 accredited programs, and two in the process of renewing, the private university, commonly referred to by its members as UAO, is home to 8,000 students and 600 faculty members. Focused on cultivating what UA terms the “autonomous student”, the university centers its teaching strategies and research initiatives around creating solutions to current real-world problems, and in doing so has developed a body of students primed to become change agents in the world. As a university situated in the heart of industrial, agriculture, and service epicenter, it is primed to develop programs that create lasting effects on the community. UAO also prides itself on its commitment to delivering an integral education, which combines flexibility to accommodate the modern student and social relevance through its relationship with nearby regions to positively impact the surrounding community. UAO’s commitment to fostering an environment that promotes integral teaching and learning is highlighted throughout the universities facilities. With over 73 laboratories and 27 research groups across its campus, the Direction of Research and Technological Development, or DIDT, houses resources needed to develop socially responsible research initiatives and therefore leading knowledge generation within the region. We are excited to partner with the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente and help guide the evolution of integrating more technology-based solutions to their growing network of facilities!