Spanish professor works to connect SHSU with Peru

Sam Houston State is seeking something new beyond campus classroom walls and across international borders.

Associate Professor of Spanish Alcbiades Policarpo is working to actualize and renegotiate agreements between SHSU, the National Peruvian Police, Agrarian University, Cayetano Heredia University and El Pacfico University, for what could be a new opportunity for Sam students to learn in the land of Peru.

According to an SHSU public relations press release, “the agreements will establish, or renew, professional, academic and teaching-studying exchanges for faculty as well as for students in psychology, criminal justice, biology, agriculture and business.”

The idea for this specific opportunity of exchange came from Policarpo himself, who recently spent his sabbatical working on the agreement with Peru.

“I was born [in Peru] and I was the commissioner of police there,” Policarpo said. “I have access and connections with fellow colleagues and students of mine.”

Policarpo says the exact date of availability is unknown because it depends on the meetings and agreements made between the faculty at SHSU and Peru.

Agreements and negotiations began in 2001.

“We have been training for students,” Policarpo said. “SHSU did not come up with anyone [in 2004]. We are trying to establish a format for the agreement.”

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