The Embassy of Mexico, through the Mexican Cultural Institute, promotes academic/scientific collaboration and exchanges among Mexican and U.S. higher education institutions and scientific associations. We aim to provide information to students, teachers, researchers, university representatives and others who are interested in exploring Mexico as an educational destination and those who are interested in attracting more Mexican students to U.S. institutions.

In order to do so, the Mexican and the U.S. governments launched the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) to expand opportunities for educational exchanges, scientific research partnerships, and cross-border innovation.

Four years from its establishment, the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), has expanded the opportunities of educational exchanges, scientific research partnerships, and cross-border innovation supporting traditionally less favored demographic groups to ensure a larger economic and social inclusion into global education.

The goal of FOBESII is to help both countries, Mexico and the United States, develop a 21st century workforce contributing to mutual economic prosperity and sustainable social development, turning North America into a competitive and dynamic knowledge-based region.

FOBESII also seeks to establish and strengthen bilateral knowledge networks, with the opening of research and innovation centers in both countries.

Through FOBESII, Mexico and the United States bring together the public and private sectors, the higher education community, and civil society to promote workforce development, in crucial fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and also in social sciences.

On February 25, 2016, a High-Level Meeting was held in Mexico City to highlight the achievements of FOBESII since its establishment and expand the fields of action to include the social sciences and the participation of new players to contribute to the goals of the Forum.

On March 14, 2017, a Roundtable of FOBESII was held at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, which had the participation of more than 60 representatives of the public and private academic sectors from both countries, who dialogued about FOBESII's main achievements since its launching in 2014 and established the next steps to go ahead on this effort.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) and the American Council on Education have published detailed reports about the state of academic mobility between the United States and Mexico as well as a comprehensive assessment of U.S.-Mexico higher education engagement. The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute published a series of policy recommendations derived from the 2017 FOBESII Roundtable.

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See what FOBESII has achieved in 2017.

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