Mexico and the United States signed a memo of understanding March 16 to create a Program of Professional Practices between both nations.
The document was signed in Washington D.C. by the Subsecretary for North America Sergio Alcocer and the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan.
The program seeks to expand academic exchange and increase the professional practices in various academic fields for university students on both sides of the border.
The initiative arises from the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (Fobesii) signed by both nations in May of 2013.
In May 2013, the presidents of Mexico and the United States announced the formation of the Bilateral Forum. It is envisaged as a strong association between governments, higher education institutions, civil society and the private sector of Mexico and the United States.
The forum will develop a shared vision regarding educational cooperation and will propose specific short and medium term initiatives in order to promote bilateral cooperation and policy coordination. It is comprised of representatives from relevant government institutions and other key stakeholders.
Bilateral technical meetings will be held on issues such as workforce development, student and academic mobility, research, technological development and innovation, partnerships and promotion.
Mexico and the United States are jointly working to transform North America into a prosperous, competitive and inclusive region, based on knowledge, that promotes sustainable development by boosting bilateral cooperation in higher education, innovation and scientific research.
In order to attain these goals, a broad-ranging participation by higher education institutions, research and innovation centers and the development of knowledge networks is required.
Mexico and the United States agree higher education, innovation and research are a key driving force in order to strengthen competitiveness and prosperity in both nations.
In the new program both governments agree to promote opportunities for higher education offered by both nations for their students so that the students may take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad.
During May 2015, academics from both nations will visit corresponding institutions to discuss opening further opportunities for students.
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