Today, during the visit of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s visit to Mexico, a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Human Capital, Education and Research was signed between Mexico and New Jersey to promote academic collaboration and increase mobility and exchanges of students, researchers and educators in the state.

The memorandum was signed by Governor Chris Christie; the Undersecretary for North American Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Sergio M. Alcocer; the Undersecretary for Higher Education of the Ministry of Education (SEP), Fernando Serrano Migallón; and by the Deputy Director of Post-graduate studies and Scholarships of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Dolores Sánchez Soler.

During the signing ceremony, the attendees highlighted the actions of the New Jersey government to encourage innovation and research, and promote ties in higher education. They emphasized the importance of strengthening economic and commercial ties to develop more competitive human capital that aids economic growth in both countries.

Undersecretary Alcocer mentioned the broad economic ties between New Jersey and Mexico, which place Mexico as the second most important destination for the state’s exports.

Additionally, he recognized the implementation of the “New Jersey Dream Act”, which was approved by the state legislature and signed by governor Christie in 2013. Through the law, undocumented students that reside in the state and comply with certain requirements pay in-state tuition in public universities in the state.

He also underscored that the signing of the memorandum builds on the goals of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), as well as Mexico’s Project 100,000 which seek to substantially increase academic mobility and strengthen binational networks of knowledge between both countries.

This memorandum is the second of its kind between the Government of Mexico and a state of the United States under FOBESII, officially launched in May 2014.