The governments of Mexico and the United States, together with Banco Santander and Universia, launched a binational web portal on academic mobility called Mobilitas. This effort is one of the agreements reached during the workshops of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) which have taken place since this past January.
Mobilitas will offer students from both countries information on institutes of higher education and their educational opportunities and plans of study, all of which are available at the following link: http://mobilitasedu.net/
Participants in the launch ceremony included the Undersecretary for North America, Sergio M. Alcocer; the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne; the Executive President of Grupo Santander México, Marcos Martínez Gavica; and the Dean of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), José Narro Robles.
During his participation in the event, Undersecretary Alcocer pointed out that the “binational web portal for academic mobility, Mobilitas, responds to an important need to promote and distribute information on educational opportunities in the two countries. Though we are neighbors and collaborate in many areas, there was still a need for a site that unites and presents, in two languages, the wide array of opportunities that Mexico and the United States offer in order to inspire students to participate in bilateral academic exchanges”.
For his part, Ambassador Wayne highlighted that “Mobilitas represents advances between partners and cross-border mobility. I think we can all be proud of the movement that has brought us together today and will continue to move us forward in the future”.
Marcos Martínez Gavica stated that “through efforts and initiatives like Mobilitas, Banco Santander, Universia and Santander Universidades will continue working to support our universities, our students and our society. The binational web portal, without a doubt, adds enormous value in the developing internationalized university students”.
Mobilitas joins other advances toward the goals of FOBESII, particularly Project 100,000, in mobility that have translated in short visits to study English with the support of SEP, CONACYT, Universia, CANIETI and Fundación Televisa, among others.
As part of this effort, Banco Santander announced an extraordinary donation to finance study abroad programs in the United States for more than four thousand students of the UNAM to study English, allowing them to perfect their knowledge and practice of the language. This type of support is also in line with the goals and actions of FOBESII.