Mexico City, January 18, 2007 — U.S. Ambassador Antonio O. Garza announced a new $2 million dollar partnership between the U.S. government and the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) to increase collaboration between Mexican and U.S. higher education institutions.
“Through the new partnership, the Embassy’s Agency for International Development and CONACYT agreed to strengthen postgraduate programs in Mexico, award over 70 scholarships, increase faculty and student exchanges, and expand joint research in the areas of science and technology,” said Ambassador Garza. “The U.S. government will fund up to six two-year university partnership projects and CONACYT will grant a total of four scholarships per project annually under their ‘Becas Mixtas’ program for a total of 48 new scholarships.”
Applications for these new university partnerships are now being accepted. Information about the Joint Request for Applications can be found at: www.HEDprogram.org. U.S. and Mexican higher education institutions have until March 23, 2007 to apply.
Through these partnerships, universities actively engage private-sector businesses, non-governmental organizations, Mexican government agencies, and local communities to successfully implement projects. Partners are expected to contribute additional funds or other in-kind contributions to the projects.
“To date, 55 U.S.-Mexico University Partnerships have been established under the Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships (TIES) initiative with a U.S. government investment of over $35 million dollars. These partnerships have resulted in an improved workforce, trade capacity, and competitiveness,” Ambassador Garza added. “This additional partnership will provide extraordinary opportunities for collaboration between the best minds of our two nations. Strengthening universities demonstrates our belief that higher education is the key to prosperity, competitiveness and social equality.”