U.S. backs higher education partnership

By Staff writers, The Herald Mexico, January 21, 2007


The U.S. government announced last week a US$2 million partnership with the Mexican government to promote collaboration between the two nations´ higher education institutions.

U.S. Ambassador Antonio O. Garza discussed the project Thursday.

The embassy´s Agency for International Development will work with the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) to strengthen Mexican institutions of higher learning, awarding over 70 postgraduate scholarships, increasing faculty and student exchanges, and expanding joint research in science and technology.

The U.S. government will fund up to six two-year university partner projects and Conacyt will grant a total of four scholarships per project annually under their "Becas Mixtas" program for a total of 48 new scholarships.

Applications for the Becas Mixtas program can be found at (http://www.HEDprogram.org.)

To date, 55 such partnerships have been established under the bilateral Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships (TIES) Initiative with U.S. government contributions now passing US$35 million....

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