UNAM expands to the US, Germany, and South Africa

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has opened three centers of Mexican Studies (CEM): in Boston, United States; Berlin, Germany; and Johannesburg, South Africa
UNAM expands to the US, Germany, and South Africa
19/06/2018
18:34
Notimex
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With the purpose of increasing exchange programs for students and academics, as well as joint research projects, the dissemination of Mexican culture, and Spanish certifications abroad, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has opened three centers of Mexican Studies (CEM): in Boston, United States; Berlin, Germany; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

In a statement, the National Autonomous University of Mexico said that this adds to the 14 headquarters of this house of studies abroad.

The coordinator of International Affairs and Relations (CRAI) of the UNAM, Francisco Trigo, said that "they are our embassies to support students and professors in those nations, to promote and facilitate exchange with other universities."

He said that the CEM in Boston is located in the Central Library of the University of Massachusetts.

"In the United States, we have two extension schools - San Antonio and Chicago - and three Mexican Studies centers - Seattle, Los Angeles and Tucson -; We lacked coverage in the northeast of that country, where there are many institutions of international prestige such as the Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with which we are interested in linking," he explained.

Meanwhile, the headquarters opened in Germany are located in the international building of the Free University of Berlin, which houses offices of other study houses of different nations.

"In Europe we also have presence in Spain, France and England, and undoubtedly, Germany is the other great scientific country of that continent. It is important to be in its political and economic capital, Berlin," said Trigo.

With the German university, he continued, there is an important previous collaborative work, since many academics from UNAM carry out joint publications with their German counterparts. In addition, the Free University of Berlin has the Department of Latin American Studies, and highlights the research on Mexico.

The third new CEM is housed in the Witwatersrand University, in Johannesburg, South Africa, where former President Nelson Mandela studied, he said.

"South Africa is the country with the greatest development and research capacity in the African continent. The rector Adam Habib made the invitation to the rector Enrique Graue so that UNAM was present there. There is a lot of interest from students in the Spanish language and our country’s culture," he added.

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