The University’s Commitment to Mexico

After a year of highly collaborative and collegial analysis, in July 2015 the Director General of Mexico’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), Dr. Enrique Cabrero, and the President of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, signed a new version of the UC–CONACYT Agreement of Cooperation in Higher Education and Research, renewing a long historic partnership and opening the door for five more years of fruitful academic collaboration between Mexico and California. Since its first signing in 1997, this Agreement has provided funding and support for myriad graduate students and collaborative research projects, and has become the most important and fruitful collaborative program of the nation of Mexico with any university abroad, a true international model.

Managed and administered under UC MEXUS, the UC-CONACYT Agreement represents a long-term commitment to build cultural bridges across our shared border and to bring the shared strength of the binational academic community to bear on issues of mutual interest to the United States and Mexico. Its foundational principle is that binational collaboration in research and training must be undertaken by all participants as equal partners.

Under this Agreement, and over the last two decades, UC MEXUS and CONACYT have initiated a number of highly successful programs that provide opportunities for collaborative research, academic exchange, and student development.

The continued success of the UC-CONACYT programs, bolstered by the renewed commitment from both parties, inspires a far-reaching vision of academic cooperation and joint intellectual achievements between Mexico and California.