As part of the ongoing cooperation between the University of Illinois System and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) an important meeting took place last week where authorities from both institutions interacted with each other with the ultimate objective to share the results of the seed research funded between them.
The gathering which summoned more than 50 scholars was organized by Elvira de Mejia, founder of I-MMAS (Illinois Mexican & Mexican-American Students Initiative) and Director of Institutional Relations-Mexico from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
The meeting began with welcoming remarks from Pradeep Khanna, Associate Vice President for Corporate and International Relations in the University of Illinois System who praised the cooperation between the institutions that he predicted would turn into concrete projects and publications.
Francisco Trigo Tavera, Vice Provost for International Affairs referred to the occasion as a milestone that “stands as a testament to the resilience and effectiveness of the strategic partnership forged between our institutions”. He praised the visionary leadership of President Timothy Killeen; former Rector of UNAM, Enrique Graue, and William Lee former Head of Scientific Research, whose foresight and dedication were instrumental in propelling this partnership forward. Dr. Trigo ended his remarks confident that “under the new leadership of UNAM´s Rector, Leonardo Lomelí, and President, Timothy Killeen, we will continue to strengthen the areas of scientific and technological research”.
In his turn, the Director of UNAM Chicago, Guillermo Pulido, underscored the relevant role that satellite representations play as liaisons, under the leadership of Dr. Trigo, that have particular payed-off with dividends allowing us to foster a solid relationship between academics, researchers, but most importantly between our institutions.