UTSA signs agreement of cooperation with Mexican university UAEM

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UTSA President Ricardo Romo (left) and UNAM Rector Eduardo Gasca Pliego sign agreement of cooperation

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(Nov. 11, 2010)--Eduardo Gasca Pliego, rector of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico (UAEM), and UTSA President Ricardo Romo recently signed a formal agreement to promote a wide range of collaborative activity between the two universities.

The goal of the agreement is to initiate areas of collaboration in research, economic development and academic achievement.

Established in Toluca in 1833, UAEM is one of Mexico's largest universities with 50,000 students. A visiting delegation spent two days touring UTSA's campuses, laboratories, economic outreach centers and research programs. Stops included the Structural Dynamics Lab, Texas Institute for Sustainable Energy Research, Institute of Texan Cultures, and Institute for Economic Development.

"Having established a good working relationship with UAEM through our small-business initiative in Mexico, it makes sense to add layers of academic and research collaborations next," said Robert McKinley, director of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development.

"As part of the academic and research exchanges with UAEM, the UTSA Mexico Center is planning a major conference on Mexican migration, and their university has a large population studies program that could provide perspectives on Mexican internal migration and emigration to the United States," said Harriett Romo, director of the Mexico Center and professor of sociology.

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The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. The institute's 11 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders.

IED programs serve San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.