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Ambassador Garza Announces New U.S. - Mexican University Partnerships

Mexico City, November 17, 2004 – “These new academic partnerships promote economic development in Mexico’s rural areas, by assisting this sector to become more competitive and to provide more economic opportunities,” said U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza. “I’m especially pleased to announce these significant awards during International Education Week when we recognize the importance of cultural and educational exchange and the impact it has on mutual understanding and shared expertise.”

The five new partnerships are a key component of the TIES (Training, Internships, Exchanges, and Scholarships) initiative, a central element of the U.S. – Mexico Partnership for Prosperity launched in 2001 by Presidents Bush and Fox. The TIES partnerships are implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) office in Mexico.

The new partnerships, awarded based on a competitive process, include the following Mexican institutions:

· Universidad de Guanajuato
· Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE)
· Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE)
· Instituto de Geografía de Morelia,
· Universidad Autónoma de México
· Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua
· Instituto Tecnológico Agropecuario del Estado de Guerrero

These awards bring the total number of TIES partnerships to 35. Partnerships consist of collaborative projects including research, scholarships and exchanges to address key development issues such as natural resources management, information technology transfer, micro-enterprise and rural development.

The U.S. government will provide a total of $35 million for TIES, with universities and the private sector contributing an additional $15 million to support more than 750 scholarships and an estimated 50 partnerships between Mexican and U.S. universities.

For further specific information on these awards and the TIES program please go to:


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