Mitacs and Mexican state of Guanajuato invest in cross-cultural university partnerships

Vancouver, BC— Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit research and training organization, and the state of Guanajuato’s Institute of Finance and Information for Education (EDUCAFIN) signed an agreement today in Mexico to create opportunities for undergraduate students in the state to participate in Canadian research internships.

Starting in 2019, the partnership will provide senior level undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in 12-week research projects supervised by faculty at Canadian universities. Students will be provided with research experience and professional skills training.

The agreement was signed by Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs, and Jorge Enrique Hernández Meza, General Director, EDUCAFIN, and was witnessed by Jonathan Steblin, Vice-Consul and Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada.  


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Today’s agreement encourages the exchange of knowledge between Canada and Guanajuato. With one in five scientific papers being co-authored internationally, it’s increasingly important to collaborate across borders. This is a chance for Canadian faculty to benefit from students’ international perspectives and at the same time demonstrate the scope of world-class Canadian research.”

Jorge Enrique Hernández Meza, General Director, EDUCAFIN

“We are extremely excited to partner with Mitacs to provide Guanajuato’s students with the opportunity to develop their professional and academic skills through collaborative research projects with Canadian universities.”

Quick facts:

  • Within Canada, Mitacs has worked with 60 universities, over 6,000 companies, and federal and provincial governments, building partnerships that support industrial and social innovation.
  • Funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Quebec, and Canadian universities, the Mitacs Globalink program offers two-way mobility opportunities between Canada and Mitacs partner countries for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Photo: Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs, and Jorge Enrique Hernández Meza, General Director, EDUCAFIN.