Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

New School in Argentina to Have Oklahoma Accent

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

New School in Argentina to Have Oklahoma Accent

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Argentina's first Methodist-affiliated university will have a decided Oklahoma accent.

That's because the Centro Educativo Latino Americano school in Rosario, Argentina, is working with faculty and staff of Oklahoma City University to design its first curriculum for when school opens in March.

"Everything is ready for that first class, which hopefully will be offered when the new session begins if we can get all the government permits and approvals," said Pedro Di Pentima, director general or president of the school. "We will use a lot of the curriculum and guidance from the people here at Oklahoma City University to design our school. Especially the business school element.

"We want the best business education we can, that's why we are working with OCU. We'd like to use a lot of what they have in Argentina." Di Pentima was in Oklahoma City this week, talking with staff and faculty at OCU and Methodist leaders to put together final plans for the college and plan a fund-raiser for the school.

Estimated cost to open the school is $1 million in United States funds.

Plans for the university, which will start as a college next year and grow into a post-graduate degree-granting institution within 10 years, have been on the drawing boards about 15 years, Di Pentima said.

"At one time, about 15 years ago, we thought everything was ready, we had everything but the permits, but the Catholic universities stepped in and blocked it," he said. "In Argentina, it's not popular to talk about a Protestant school when there are so many Catholic and government universities in operation." Staff of the new college, which would offer undergraduate degrees in business administration, nutrition and industrial-public relations, has been working hard for about four years to get this one approved, he said.

Centro Educativo Latino Americano is a complete education center offering studies in all grades equalivent to kindergarten through high school in the United States.

"This means that we would have a good system from which to draw students," he said. "We have about 3,000 students in that school now, so they would form the core of what we hope to attract to the college.

"Plans are to open the school with 1,000 students, who would come from all over Rosario state. …

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