New initiative to bridge academic links between the UK and Mexico

An innovative initiative involving the University of Sheffield, aimed at fostering academic mobility between the UK and Mexico, was launched today (29 November 2015) at the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

Mexico signingInitially proposed by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), the Mexico-UK Visiting Chair Initiative will see senior figures from twelve UK universities and 12 Mexican universities spend up to two weeks each year working collaboratively to explore new and exciting links in research and teaching. A letter of intent to establish the Visiting Chair was signed in March 2015 in London, witnessed by the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto.

In addition to the University of Sheffield, other prestigious UK universities participating in the initiative include King’s College London, Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton, University College London and Warwick, with collaboration set to span the arts and humanities, social sciences, health and natural and mathematical sciences.

The Mexican Commission comprises Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Universidad de Guadalajara and Universidad de Guanajuato.

University of Sheffield’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West, who attended the signing in Guadalajara, said: "This pioneering partnership will enable world-class universities in the UK to forge long-term partnerships with Mexican institutions to enhance and diversify research projects, teaching and academic work across all areas of knowledge, benefitting academics and students alike. This will strengthen the relationship between the UK and Mexico for many years to come."

The University of Sheffield has a long established relationship with Mexico and has been welcoming students here for many decades. The University recently held a number of Mexico related activities as part of 'The Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico'.

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