Deakin University strengthened its relationship with its Mexican partners through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week.
The MoU will facilitate research and research training with the Mexican Institute of Water Technology in the fields of climate change adaption, regional/rural development and integrated water management, and will strengthen technical and scientific cooperation and capacity building.
At Deakin’s Melbourne Burwood Campus, His Excellency Mr Armando Alvarez Reina, Ambassador of Mexico in Australia, and Mr Esau Garza, Trade Commissioner of Mexico in Australia, met with a Deakin delegation led by Professor Peter Hodgson, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), and Mr John Molony, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), to facilitate and witness the signing.
Professor Hodgson began with a brief presentation outlining Deakin’s current research capabilities and spoke of the University’s commitment to increasing engagement with the Mexican higher education sector.
Ambassador Alveraz Reina followed and expressed the importance of building institutional links between Mexico and Australia through the signing of agreements such as this one.
‘It is for me a great honour to visit the prestigious Deakin University to witness the signing ceremony of the MoU with the Mexican Institute of Water Technology,’ the Ambassador said. ‘This important instrument will add onto the long list of corporation actions that luckily bring Mexico and Australia even closer every day.’
‘Mexico is already Australia’s largest trade partner in Latin America. We have more trade with Australia than any other Latin American country, including Brazil,’ the Ambassador informed. ‘But we are of course living in a time where economic exchange is not the only important thing. There are other very important things like education exchanges, cultural exchanges, technical and scientific exchanges, which the MoU is about today – technical and scientific exchanges, and people to people contact.’
‘There have been very fruitful exchanges in the water sector with [Deakin’s] Centre for Regional and Rural Futures, including one last year led by Professor David Downie,’ the Ambassador explained. ‘These exchanges have been fundamental for our teams in Mexico who are looking at reforming the water sector and searching for higher efficiency of this very scarce resource.
‘The recent visit to Mexico by Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) John Molony has opened the possibility of cooperation in numerous areas,’ he continued. ‘Currently two more MoU’s are being analysed in Mexico to further enhance our student mobility with Deakin University.’
Once the formalities had ended, Mr Alvarez Reina thanked the University and commended it for the world-class degree programs it offers. Holding up a copy of his Deakin testamur he said ‘Perhaps you didn’t know it but 20 years ago I received this diploma awarding me the degree of Master of Arts in international relations which still makes me very, very proud.
‘I reiterate my gratitude and acknowledgments of this prestigious university and offer the full support of the Embassy of Mexico.’
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