University hosts events in Mexico

Jaime Parada Avila and Alberto Bustani Adem will be presented with honorary degrees by the University of Sheffield in two special ceremonies in Mexico this week. The ceremonies will also involve graduates of the University of Sheffield being presented to the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Boucher.

Jaime Parada Avila will receive the degree of Doctor of Engineering in Mexico City on Wednesday 23 November 2005. Born in Mexico City, Jaime Parada read for a Bachelor's degree in the Engineering Faculty at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, the oldest university in North America. He has held high office in both industry and government in Mexico for the past thirty years, most recently as Director General of Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT), the science and innovation arm of the Mexican government.

At CONACYT, Jaime Parada recognised the urgent need for Mexico to invest more aggressively in science and technology in order to improve its economic performance. Areas of strategic importance to the country – such as nanotechnology and advanced materials, and biotechnology – were fostered through the signing of more than fifty agreements with prestigious foreign universities and other international organisations.

The second honorary graduand, Alberto Bustani Adem, will be presented with his honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering in the ceremony at Monterrey on Friday 25 November 2005. Alberto Bustani was appointed President of the Monterrey Campus of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico in 2001. Tecnológico de Monterrey has 34 campuses across Mexico and an enrolment of 57,000 undergraduates and 11,000 post graduates. The University, under Alberto Bustani's leadership, is admired around the world for its business-like approach to higher education, which is based on the entrepreneurial spirit of its staff, students, alumni, trustees and partners. An alumnus of the University of Sheffield himself, Alberto Bustani has used the first four years of his presidency to establish more than thirty research chairs in key areas including biotechnology, nanotechnology, mechatronics, information technology and sustainable development.

The events will give Mexican graduates of the University of Sheffield, who were unable to attend the degree congregations in the UK, the chance to don their cap and gowns and be presented to Vice-Chancellor Professor Boucher.

For further information please contact Lindsey Bird, Media Relations Officer on 0114 2225338 or email l.bird@sheffield.ac.uk