Mitacs and Mexico’s ITESM renew partnership for international student research


Vancouver, BC — During Universities Canada’s mission to Mexico, Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit research and training organization, renewed and expanded an agreement with the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), a private, multi-campus university based in Monterrey, Mexico.

The partnership builds on Mitacs and ITESM’s long-standing relationship and will see up to 20 Canadian undergraduate and graduate students travel to Mexico for research projects at the university each year. Additionally, up to 70 senior undergraduate students per year from Mexico will travel to Canada for research internships at universities across the country.

The agreement will be realized through Mitacs’ international research programs, which promote Canada as a top destination for research opportunities and showcase Canadian research expertise around the world. Mitacs has been working with Mexico since 2013, and with the ITESM Monterrey since 2014.

The agreement was signed by Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs, and Alejandra Vilalta y Perdomo, Support Director for Internationalization at Mexico City Region, ITESM. The event was witnessed by the Canadian delegation, Mexican university representatives, Canadian provincial offices, and embassy officials.


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Partnering with ITESM allows Canadian and Mexican students opportunities to expand their research networks while gaining cultural fluency. In addition, this sort of relationship demonstrates that student mobility — and Mitacs’ programs — play key roles in strengthening economic and diplomatic relations.”

Alejandra Vilalta y Perdomo, Support Director for Internationalization at Mexico City Region, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

“We educate leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit and a humanistic outlook who are internationally competitive. Working with Canada’s Mitacs helps us fulfill this mandate and create the global citizens and innovative researchers of tomorrow.”

Quick facts:

  • Within Canada, Mitacs has worked with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and federal and provincial governments, building partnerships that support industrial and social innovation.
  • The Mitacs Globalink program offers two-way mobility opportunities between Canada and Mitacs partner countries for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Mitacs’ Globalink program is funded by the Government of Canada along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Quebec, and Canadian universities, and receives additional support from international partners.
  • To date, over 700 students from Mexico have participated in the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship.

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Alejandra Vilalta y Perdomo, Support Director for Internationalization at Mexico City Region, ITESM (front, at left) and Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs, sign an agreement for international research collaborations.

Witnesses to the signing include (from left to right, at back): Guillermo Hernandez Duque Delgadillo, Director General for Strategic Partnerships, ANUIES; David Julien, Executive Director, Inter-American Organization for Higher Education; Paul Davidson, President and CEO, Universities Canada



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