The University of Texas at Austin aims to increase collaboration with educational and scientific organizations in Mexico, and it recently opened an office at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
This is not the first time The University of Texas works with Mexican institutions. In fact, it has seven student exchange programs in Mexico and it is considered one of the top international university choices for Mexican students. Moreover, UT hosts 550 Mexican undergraduates; it ranks seventh among US universities with Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) scholarships; it is the American university with the most Mexican scholars with Fulbright fellowships, and offers professional degrees in business, technology and law together with Mexican universities.
This office, named by the UT as Mexico Institute A.C., is a nonprofit organization that pursues interdisciplinary collaboration with a mission in education and scientific research. It will not only collaborate with UNAM but also other universities, foundations, research institutions and private stakeholders.
One of the first Mexico Institute A.C. programs is a project along with Mexico’s oil and gas regulatory commission, Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH). This plan will support Mexico in the sustainable development of its hydrocarbon resources. Another initiative undertaken by UT is the partnership with Tecnológico de Monterrey to work together to develop a reliable, clean, sustainable and affordable electric power sector from Mexico.
Recent UT cooperative accomplishments include a survey of the Chicxulub meteor impact –that apparently caused the dinosaur extinction; electricity projects with the Mexican government, and more assignments enhancing health sciences, coastal fisheries and environment.
The University of Texas – Mexico Institute A.C. will pursue collaborative cross‐disciplinary academic and scientific research partnerships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), also to achieve scholarly and cultural studies.