MEXICO CITY – With Indiana in the midst of a substantial increase in its Latino population -- which is having a major effect on the growth of the state's economic enterprise -- Indiana University is strengthening its engagement with one of Latin America's largest, most dynamic and most culturally vibrant countries.
A university delegation led by IU President Michael A. McRobbie met with faculty and senior administrators, including President Enrique Graue Wiechers, this week at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, the largest university in Latin America and a leading university of the Spanish-speaking world. The meeting resulted in an agreement to explore further areas of collaboration between the two institutions, which have had a successful relationship for nearly two decades.
IU has had a formal partnership with UNAM, one of only a few university campuses in the world designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, since 2013. But IU's relationship with UNAM dates back to 1999, when collaboration began between the university and the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at IU. The workshop was co-founded in 1973 by the late Nobel Prize-winning economist and IU Distinguished Professor Elinor Ostrom.
While in Mexico City, the IU leaders met with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta S. Jacobson to discuss, among other subjects, IU's increased collaboration with UNAM. They also met with top officials at the Mexican Foundation for Education, Technology and Science, or FUNED, an organization that supports the professional development of Mexico's future leaders by helping them obtain advanced degrees at the world's premier universities. Additionally, they held discussions with senior officials at the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia, or CONACYT, Mexico's equivalent of the National Science Foundation in the U.S. There they explored ways of providing more funding for Mexican students to study at IU and to support more IU students studying in Mexico.