Chula Vista may ask US and Mexican university to join forces at future South Bay campus

Chula Vista is taking another big step towards building a four-year university, as a consulting firm will present their recommendation for a 375-acre parcel of land set aside for the university.

U3 Advisors' primary recommendation suggests the city should reach a binational partnership with a U.S. institution and a Mexican institution to build a bicultural and bilingual university.

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas said the recommendation would hopefully lead to "a concrete plan for the university" by the end of 2016.

The recommendation will officially be presented to the public at a City Council meeting Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

The South Bay city has worked on a university for years. Last year, the city signed several deals to establish the 375 acres for the campus.

Salas said the city intends to invite an existing university to start a satellite campus and may take the recommendation to reach out to a Mexican university as well. Her priority is making sure the institution prepares students for jobs that will grow in the South Bay region.

The U3 Advisors report called it a "Megaregion" that included northern Baja California.

Salas said, "We have the advantage here on the campus that we’re working with a blank slate."

Billions of dollars in commerce crosses the border every year.

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