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Mexico Chair to be established at UWI

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A 'Mexico Chair' will be established at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, in October 2018 as part of efforts to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between higher-education institutions in Mexico and the university.

Mexico's Ambassador to Jamaica, Juan José González Mijares, made the announcement at a reception to commemorate the 208th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, held at his residence in Cherry Gardens, St Andrew last Friday.

The initiative was made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Mexican Foreign Ministry and UWI during the VIII Meeting of the Mexico-Jamaica Binational Commission in Mexico City on May 18, 2016.

Ambassador González Mijares said that the honorary position of 'Mexico Chair' at UWI will enhance knowledge about Mexico within the Jamaican academic community.

Lecturer and researcher at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Dr Rubén Olachea, has been selected as the first Mexico Chair. He will deliver classes in the Department of History at UWI, Mona, for a period of six weeks, from October 1 to November 9, within the framework of the MoU.

Meanwhile, Jamaica is expected to host the IX Meeting of the Mexico-Jamaica Binational Commission scheduled to take place in early 2019. At this meeting, the Bilateral Cooperation Programme for 2019 will be reviewed and decisions taken on the commencement of projects.

Some areas of collaboration to be discussed include climate change and resilience, the teaching of Spanish and the evaluation of social policies.

The reception was attended by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, and other officials from the ministry; members of the diplomatic corps; and senior government members.

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