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UB Signs Academic Cooperation areement with Mexican Universities Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

A delegation from three universities in Chihuahua, Mexico was in Belize to foster trade and education cooperation with Belize. The delegation includes administrators as well as teachers and students in the field of international trade from Tecnologica de la Tarahumara, TecMilenio and UTCam. While in Belize the delegation will host trade shows, participate in seminars with students from the University of Belize and draft cooperation agreements between institutions.

 The two day visit took place on Tuesday, November 12th, and Wednesday, November 13th. On Tuesday, the Mexican students acted as trade ambassadors at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City as they showcased products from Camargo, Chihuahua. Those products include chipotle peppers, pepper sauce, body cream, nutrition bars, walnuts and silver jewelry. They presented those products to local merchants as well as business students from the University of Belize in Belize City. It was a very cordial atmosphere inside the Institute as students from Mexico and Belize shared jokes, handshakes and stories. They exchanged e-mail addresses and took numerous pictures. Chihuahua is located north of Mexico and borders the United States of New Mexico and Texas; therefore, there was no language issue because the Mexican students speak English well.

On Wednesday, the Mexican student, took the trade show to the Jaguar Building Auditorium of the University of Belize, Belmopan Campus. They presented the same products and had similar experiences with their peers. On Wednesday afternoon the students from Mexico and the University of Belize engaged in a trade negotiation exercise for the establishment of a Partial Scope Agreement between the two countries. According to a press release from the University of Belize, the Belizean students were supervised and advised by officials from the Ministry of Trade and the Mexican students were supervised and advised by officials from the Embassy of Mexico.

During the visit, President of the University of Belize, Dr. Cary Frazer, signed an Academic Cooperation Agreement with the Rector of Universidad Tecnologica de Camargo, Prof. Fidel Alonso González. Gonzalez said he would be seeking an agreement that “benefits students, teachers and both institutions in areas of cultural exchange, student exchange and curriculum improvement”. The University of Belize says, “The Agreement will facilitate joint participation in developing innovation projects; international institutional cooperation projects; oganizing academic encounters, courses, conferences, symposiums; student exchange, and scholarships exchange for students from both institutions.” Gonzalez likewise said that there will be scholarships available to students from both institutions.

The visit by the Mexican delegation was facilitated by His Excellency Mario Velazquez Suarez, Ambassador of Mexico to Belize.