UCL delegation heads to Mexico
By Kerry Milton, on 1 May 2014
From 7-11 April 2014, a UCL delegation visited Mexico to discuss opportunities for partnership and collaboration in higher education.
The group visited a number of institutions and organisations including various Mexican universities and highlights included high level meetings at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and a UCL alumni event held at the British Embassy in Mexico City. In addition, the delegation met with the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT) to discuss developing and strengthening UCL’s existing relationship with them. The visit was supported by the British Embassy and UKTI in Mexico City.
Discussions spanned across higher education with a particular focus on medicine, energy, sustainable cities, innovation, entrepreneurship, social sciences and humanities. Of particular note were the discussions around the Newton Fund, which is part of the UK’s official development assistance. The fund aims to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.
The high profile delegation was led by Professor Alejandro Madrigal, UCL’s Pro-Provost for the Americas. Joining Professor Madrigal were:
- Professor Michael Heinrich, Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, UCL School of Pharmacy
- Professor Ann Varley, Department of Geography
- Dr Joanna Evans, Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies
- Ian Hamilton, UCL Energy Institute
- Nigel Percival, Director, Office for International Affairs
- Julia Dawson, Assistant Director, Office for International Affairs
Professor Madrigal said, “There is a long tradition of Mexican students studying at UCL with 83 students currently studying in London. It is important to us to continue to develop our partnerships and collaborations with Mexico in order to further enhance the opportunities and research links we can offer.”
The delegation gained substantial media attention, with news of the visit covered by over 50 online media outlets, including an interview with Mexico’s City’s biggest newspaper, Reforma.
The delegation spent time in Mexico City and Monterrey as part of UCL’s plan to develop its relationship with countries in Latin America, with Mexico being a key priority. UCL’s Latin America Network, which meets throughout the year, is helping to shape UCL’s engagement with Latin America.