Cranfield University signed a memorandum of understanding today with Mexico’s Universidad Aeronáutica en Querétaro (UNAQ) at the Farnborough Air Show.

This is the first agreement to be created between the two organisations and will open the way for future activities around developing and delivering education and training; research, business and joint staff development.

Professor Philip John, Cranfield University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Mr Jorge Gutiérrez de Velasco Rodríguez, UNAQ’s President, signed the agreement in the Mexican Pavilion at the Farnborough Air Show, witnessed by the Governor of Querétaro state, Francisco Domínguez Servién.

Professor John commented: “Cranfield University is a global university, with strong relationships with industrial and academic organisations around the world. We are delighted to forge this new relationship with Mexico’s Universidad Aeronáutica en Querétaro. The exciting developments in aerospace in and around UNAQ resonate strongly with Cranfield’s international position in aerospace and we look forward to developing the relationship.”

Mr Gutiérrez de Velasco said: For UNAQ this agreement is an opportunity to develop relevant competencies within the university due to the vision of establishing relationships with globally  recognized institutions like Cranfield. This agreement reinforces the credibility  UNAQ has achieved by fulfilling aerospace industry needs, and  will send a message to the world that Universidad Aeronáutica en Querétaro is moving into added value manufacturing and design through high quality education in Mexico for aerospace industry.

La Universidad Aeronáutica en Querétaro (UNAQ) is a specialist aerospace university supported by the Government of the State of Queretaro and the Federal Government of Mexico, focused on training professionals and researchers for the aeronautical sector and, in particular, supporting the growing aerospace industrial capability in the state.

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About Universidad Aeronáutica en Querétaro (UNAQ)

In 2007, Queretaro made a breakthrough in its quest to conquer one of the most competitive sectors of international industry: the aeronautical sector, through the creation of the Universidad Aeronáutica en Querétaro (UNAQ) which is a Mexican public institution of undergraduate and postgraduate education specialized in aeronautical training.

UNAQ has a privileged location in the center of the country in one of the most competitive states , with high levels of security, social peace and quality of life: Querétaro.

The university is unique in Latin America with four academic levels totally focused on aerospace: Basic Technician, Upper Level Technician (TSU), Engineering and Postgraduate Program including manufacturing activities, maintenance, and R&D as well. This university provides to the students the skills for a professional and successful career when they graduate.

Since the beginning, the UNAQ has been placed as an undeniable competitive advantage to contribute to the development and consolidation of aerospace industry in México;  training professionals and researchers that the aeronautic sector requires, a crucial factor leading the Institution to join the great project of the State of Querétaro´s  Government, calling it: “Querétaro: Mexico’s Aeronautical Center”.

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