The University of Birmingham has become one of 12 UK universities and 12 Mexican universities to embark on a new initiative to deepen academic links between the two countries.

The Mexico-UK Visiting Chair Initiative was initially proposed by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation and will see senior figures from prestigious UK and Mexican universities spend up to two weeks each year working collaboratively to explore new and exciting links in research and teaching.

Participating universities from the UK include Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, King’s College London, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, University College London and Warwick with collaboration set to span the arts & humanities, social sciences, health and natural & mathematical sciences.

The Mexican Commission comprises of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Universidad de Guadalajara and Universidad de Guanajuato.

Speaking on behalf of the UK Commission at the signing in Guadalajara Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal (Culture & Engagement), King’s College London, said: “I am certain that this initiative will help the best UK universities build long term partnerships with our Mexican colleagues that will not only engage the academic community but also the student community. I know that the links and bonds formed by our academic communities will serve to further deepen close ties of friendship and cooperation between the UK and Mexico for many years to come.”

As a leading global institution, the University of Birmingham collaborates with partners across the world to produce ground-breaking research, deliver innovative teaching, and to create opportunities for students and staff to gain international experience. The University of Birmingham has good links with a number of leading Mexican universities, as well as more than 50 Mexican students, and frequently welcomes Mexican visiting fellows.


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