Through international collaborations with Mexican organizations, the University of Arizona is currently working on several projects that promote cross-border collaborations.
Some of these projects were highlighted last month at a reception where University of Arizona officials were among attendees who welcomed the visiting Arizona Trade and Protocol Delegation to Mexico City. The goal of the reception was to help forge strategic relationships between leaders in the fields of government, commerce, academia and tourism.
According to data provided by the UA Office of Global Initiatives, the UA had 43 sponsored Mexico-related research projects and five study abroad programs in Mexico in 2013. During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the UA hosted 96 visiting faculty and scholars and 149 students from Mexico.
In addition to regularly hosted events, the UA is also working on several collaborative partnerships with Mexico.
Through the UA Office of Early Academic Outreach in Santa Cruz County, the UA has partnerships with the Nogales manufacturing community. The partnerships provide opportunities for several University programs to expand into an international market, while providing University partners access to the UA's research and development capacity.
In addition, the Bi-National Consortium on Shared Arid Lands was launched in April 2013 between UA and Mexico’s National University. The mission of this endeavor is to improve the wellbeing of the people of the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico through fundamental research and education on dry land sustainability and adaptation
The UA Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory is working with the astronomy groups at the Instituto Nacional de Astronomia, Optica y Electronica, located in Puebla, Mexico, and the Instituto de Astronomia, Universidad Nacional Autonomia de Mexico, based in Mexico City, to construct a 6.5-meter infrared telescope located at the San Pedro Martir site operated in Baja California.
During the recent trade and protocol delegation, Mexico City's Mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, was joined by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Arizona House of Representatives Speaker Andrew Tobin, Joaquin Ruiz, dean of the UA College of Science and vice president of innovation and strategy, Kim Sabow, senior director of state relations, Jose Lever, director of the UA's Mexico City office, and Mike Proctor, vice president of Global Initiatives.
UA officials had the chance to mingle with some of Mexico's leading business leaders and scientists, providing them with the opportunity to strengthen relationships and build new ones.
"From my end, the visit of the delegation was enriched by the partnerships that we have created through our office in Mexico City," said Ruiz.
The UA has operated a satellite office in Mexico City since 2007. The office was established to help encourage collaboration between the UA and businesses in Mexico as part of the Office of Western Hemispheric Programs, which was also established in 2007. The unit is dedicated to identifying collaborative opportunities between the UA and agencies in Canada, Mexico and Latin America.
(In the fall, higher education leaders from Mexico visited the UA to explore further partnerships. Read more about their visit in this UANews article.)