Texas and Mexican Universities Boost Innovation Together

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

Binational agreement seeks joint efforts between two countries.

The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) signed three agreements for collaboration, supporting the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), creating new paths for both universities to work together and engage in exchanges in areas of common interest.

In mid-February, Dr. Carlos Aramburo, vice president for Research at UNAM; Sergio M. Alcocer, Mexican undersecretary of North America in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE); Armando Lodigiani Rodríguez, director of International Cooperation and Student Exchanges, UNAM; Leonardo Beltran, Mexican undersecretary of Energy (SENER); and Gregory L. Fenves, executive vice president and provost, UT-Austin, all gathered to sign the agreements in Mexico City.

The agreements involve: student and faculty exchanges, scientific research cooperation and strengthening the established strategic relationship between both universities. This would be a part of a larger initiative on behalf of both countries to improve and increase education and research.

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Alcocer is quoted in a UT-Austin communiqué saying that “[t]he… agreements offer a tremendous opportunity to develop science, technology and innovation together on strategic topics, so that the already strong partnership between Texas and Mexico can evolve to greater heights.

These agreements aim to increase the exchange of of information and the number of professionals in scientific degrees, such as engineering, and Earth Sciences.

It is hoped that this initiative we be of great support to Mexico’s growing industrial sector. “This agreement with [the National Autonomous University of Mexico] is important because it will facilitate the development of professionals that Mexico needs to successfully develop its energy resources,” stated Carlos Torres-Verdin, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Professor at UT-Austin, quoted in an article in the student newspaper, The Daily Texan.

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