Study Group’s Professor Elena Rodríguez-Falcon is appointed as President of UANL’s International Advisory Board

Rodríguez-Falcon and Guzmán López holding a certificate

With a distinguished academic career, reputation as an innovative engineering leader and a commitment to international students, Professor Elena Rodríguez-Falcón has been appointed President of the International Advisory Board at her alma mater, the University Autonomous of Nuevo León (UANL).

Elena, Study Group’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer, begins her Presidency following an official ceremony with the University’s leader, Santos Guzmán López, and time as the International Advisory Board’s Vice President.

This news underscores the University’s long-standing commitment to identifying opportunities to proactively increase the internationalisation of the University through inclusion and collaboration.

"I feel very honoured and grateful for the trust that Rector Santos Guzmán shows me in appointing me as President of the International Advisory Board. As a proud graduate of UANL, I am committed to helping my alma mater on its path to internationalisation. My personal commitment is to celebrate and champion the numerous achievements of our beloved University around the world," says Elena.

Rector Santos Guzmán López comments: "This distinction is awarded to Professor Rodríguez-Falcon for her notable academic and professional career, in line with her characteristic ethical and moral values, and dedication to our University, internationalisation, excellence and the power of education."

Since its creation in July 2004, the International Advisory Board has been composed of experts from different countries around the world, forging fruitful links with academic, scientific, technological and cultural organisations through twice yearly plenary sessions.

Since arriving in the UK more than 20 years ago, Elena has maintained close links with UANL and has been named a Mexican Global Leader for three consecutive years. She served as a Professor of Engineering at a UK Russell Group university, became the first President and Chief Executive at the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering and served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

A Principal Fellow at Advance HE and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Elena is also a champion for Women in STEM and international students and has advocated in Parliament for the #WeAreInternational campaign.

Alexander Werner Au, from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, will assume the position of Vice President of the International Advisory Board.