Sheffield signs deal to develop links with Mexico
The University of Sheffield has signed an agreement with Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología or CONACYT) with the aim of developing industrial research and enabling students from both the UK and Mexico to benefit from the close ties between the two organisations.
The University of Sheffield's renowned expertise in the field of engineering research and industrial collaboration was a key factor in the strategic partnership, which will see the two organisations working together to help develop Mexico's regional and national industries. The agreement was signed during a trip by a delegation of UK business men and Vice-Chancellors from six UK universities, led by Deputy Prime-Minister Nick Clegg.
The University´s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing was a particular source of inspiration for the agreement, as both parties identified the AMRC as a model of collaboration that could be adopted for CONACYT´s Centre for Engineering and Industrial Development (Centro de Ingeniería y Desarrollo Industrial or CIDESI).
In addition to research, the agreement will also strengthen the learning and teaching relationship that the University has with Mexico.
Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, commented: "We are delighted to build on our long-standing agreement with CONACYT for student sponsorship with this new strategic partnership. The University of Sheffield has become a market leader in Mexico through the close links we have established at highest the levels in CONACYT.
"This new link specifically being established with CIDESI and the AMRC will combine innovative industry with cutting-edge academic thinking, greatly enriching the ties between Sheffield and Mexico. In addition to joint research, this agreement will lead to a flow of postgraduate students from both the UK and Mexico who will benefit from our close relationship."
s: The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is a world-class centre for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. It is a partnership between industry and academia, which has become a model for research centres worldwide.
University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC) website
CONACYT is Mexico's entity in charge of the promotion of scientific and technological activities, setting government policies for these matters, and
granting scholarships for postgraduate studies.