Mexico and France bolster academic ties

Mexico (Notimex) – Mexico and France’s ties in science, research and academia have strengthened over the past six years, said Jaime Valls Esponda, Secretary General of the National Association of Universities and Superior Education Institutions, Anuies.

Over the past year alone there were 150 joint studies by Mexican and French universities, 500 cooperation agreements and more than 1,000 student exchanges.

Mexico will be the guest of honor at the “Partir étudier à l'étranger,” France’s most important student exchange expo. Eighteen Mexican institutions will take part at the event, which this year will take place on January 28 and 29.

“It’s important because Mexican universities can be promoted beyond the U.S.,” Valls said.

Foreign students are mostly interested in Mexican engineering, agronomy and social science programs, Valls added.

Mexico is also the top destination for French foreign exchange students in Latin America, while France is the third top choice for Mexican students, after Spain and the U.S.

“The goal for 2018 is to have 100,000 Mexican scholarship students in the U.S.,” Valls said.

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