SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) - A bill moving through the legislature would help establish a new branch of New Mexico State University in Mexico. The NMSU Regents are asking lawmakers to approve a campus in San Luis Potosi, about 250 miles north of Mexico City.
Senate Bill 314 would not be funded by state money, instead, relying on private investors in Mexico and would initially have a focus primarily on engineering. Supporters say it would be a good way to increase the university's revenue as well as create cultural exchange opportunities.
"San Luis Potosi is a big manufacturing area so there could be the potential for the state of New Mexico to expand its partnering with other businesses in Mexico," said Ricardo Rel with NMSU.
Senator Kay Papen from Las Cruces is sponsoring the bill.