Washington, DC, March 14th, 2017


Today at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., a round table discussion was held on achievements and future collaboration under the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), organized by Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State.


Presiding over the event were the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Gerónimo Gutiérrez. The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, sent a pre-recorded message to the attendees.


More than 50 representatives from the principal associations of higher education, universities and research centers; as well as officials from the public and private sectors from both countries, attended the event and discussed what has been achieved since the launch of FOBESII in 2014. Additionally, they decided upon future actions to continue this important effort.


The Institute of International Education (IIE) and the American Council on Education (ACE), together with Santander Universidades/Universia México presented their respective reports on academic mobility between Mexico and the United States since FOBESII was established.  


Among the main achievements of the mechanism are the signing of more than 115 collaboration agreements between institutions of higher education in Mexico and the United States; the more than 101,000 Mexican students and academics participating in exchange programs through the Proyecta 100,000 initiative; and a 26% increase in the number of U.S. university students in Mexico from 3,730 to 4,712.


Additionally, joint innovation and research projects and programs between the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the National Science Foundation were implemented during this period, such as the creation of the Large Millimeter Telescope and the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory, both in the Sierra Negra

mountains of Puebla.


For more information of these and other achievements, see here: https://goo.gl/sJkjCw


The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute will publish a report in the coming weeks with the results and recommendations of the round table discussion seeking to strengthen and continue the work of the Forum.


The Government of Mexico will remain alert to the results, with the objective of forging ahead with its commitment to promote greater academic mobility and educational exchanges between our countries as a tool to promote better understanding between our societies.