As Demand for Higher Education Rises, Mexico Increases University Options
Rocio Zayas - The News
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June 20, 2013

MEXICO CITY – Public Education Undersecretary Fernando Serrano Migallón announced on Wednesday the addition of 36,376 admissions slots in Mexico’s higher education system by the Public Education Secretariat (SEP). Of these, 8,212 will be in the country’s public universities and 5,270 in private institutions, though students will only pay 1,000 pesos ($76) per month at the latter.

The remaining 22,894 spaces will be reserved for distance learning universities, which Serrano Migallón said is an attempt to meet the demand of young people who wish to continue their university studies but can’t, as Mexico’s universities have a strict quota system, managed through entrance exams.

Serrano Migallón said that with the new slots, the government will barely be covering 30 percent of the excess demand for higher education.

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