During the past year, Mexico and the United States took decisive action to promote bilateral cooperation on education through the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) and Project 100 Thousand.
FOBESII, agreed upon by Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama in May of 2013, seeks to boost academic exchange, promote the development of 21st century human capital, and reflects a renewed consensus of the public, private, academic and social sectors of Mexico and the United States to invest in the competitiveness of North America.
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, José Antonio Meade, and the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, officially launched FOBESII on May 21st, 2014, in Mexico City in the presence of officials from the Ministry of Public Education, the National Council of Science and technology and the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Additionally, they began Project 100 Thousand, a Mexican initiative that will attempt to create an equal number of academic exchanges for students and academics between the United States and Mexico by 2018.
Seven months after the implementation of this program, the dynamic of academic and scientific cooperation between Mexico and the United States has increased interconnectedness at all levels. To date, approximately 12 thousand Mexican students and professors have directly benefitted from academic Exchange programs with U.S. universities.
Project 100 thousand represents a new stage of cooperation between Mexico and the United States that seeks to boost Mexican talent in higher education, innovation and research and deepen the relationship between our two countries. It also reflects a vision of the bilateral relationship with a strategic view toward competing in the 21st Century global economy.