Mr Diego Gómez Pickering, the Ambassador of Mexico for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Evelyn Vera Barreto, Head of Education and International Cooperation visited Cranfield on Thursday 10 July 2014.
The Ambassador was welcomed by Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor and toured some of the specialist facilities on campus, before meeting with the Mexican students currently studying at Cranfield.
Professor Sir Peter Gregson said: “We are delighted to welcome the Ambassador to Cranfield to meet our Mexican students. At Cranfield we pride ourselves on postgraduate learning and it is wonderful to see the transformational effect that the Cranfield experience is having on the lives of our students from around the world.”
The visit provided a great opportunity for the Ambassador to see why Cranfield is becoming an increasingly popular destination for postgraduate Mexican students. The Ambassador toured the Cranfield campus facilities visiting the Aero-structure Assembly Laboratory where they are working in partnership with Airbus to develop new aircraft assembly technologies.
Mexican student Mario Armando Flores Violante, currently studying Molecular Medicine MSc, said: “I am having a wonderful experience at Cranfield, my programme is great and I am also having an amazing time meeting people from all over the world. It was really good to meet our Ambassador and to realise the connections between Mexico and the UK and the additional support available to us from the Embassy. I am planning to stay at Cranfield to study for my PhD.”
Mr Diego Gómez Pickering said: “Cranfield is an outstanding university, fully-committed to promoting high-level research and to foster its students’ potential. I’m proud to see Mexican students attending Cranfield and I look forward to working towards increasing their student numbers in this academic institution and to strengthen Cranfield’s links with Mexican universities.”
In 2011 Cranfield signed a co-financing agreement with Conacyt (Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology).The University currently has 22 students studying at PhD or Masters level many of which are supported through Conacyt-Cranfield scholarships and has a total of 138 Mexican Alumni.
Cranfield also has strong links with some of Mexico’s top universities and research institutes including Tec de Monterrey (ITESM) and Cinvestav. Its expertise in areas such as Aerospace, Agrifood, Energy and Manufacturing mirror important sectors in Mexico, creating interest from both sides to strengthen links and increase engagement.
Mexico is the second largest economy in Latin America and is forecast to have the world’s 10th largest economy by 2030.
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