Enrique Graue Wiechers, rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and David Garza Salazar, rector and executive president of Tecnológico de Monterrey, led the ceremony for the Renewal of the Collaboration Agreement and Launch of the UNAM – TEC Consortium for Research, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, to strengthen the scientific and technological ecosystem of the country.
The Consortium, considered in the renewal of the Collaboration Framework Agreement signed by both institutions in May 2016, is created to solve the main social and business challenges. In addition, through this alliance, strategies will be generated for investment in the maturation of high-impact technological developments and their different outlets in the communities.
Thanks to this new figure, these universities will strengthen their ties and generate a synergy of the highest level between the research teams and students from the two houses of study. In turn, this will allow the creation of new and better work schemes, and advance in issues related to science and technology at the service of society, through joint work and the integration of university binomials from the UNAM-TEC communities.
For his part, David Garza Salazar commented that this day represents an important milestone because this agreement will contribute to the country moving towards a knowledge economy, a topic that has already been talked about for more than a decade, but where not enough progress has yet been made.
At the event, it was highlighted that, with the 20 million pesos as initial capital contributed by UNAM and Tec de Monterrey, the first projects will be financed, in addition, that the Mexican companies FEMSA and CEMEX signed the Memorandums of Understanding to be the first two companies to join the Consortium.
In this way, the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Tecnológico de Monterrey will promote agendas that allow the growth of the research and technological entrepreneurship ecosystem in the country. In addition, thanks to this initiative, the two best-ranked universities in Mexico will leave a historical precedent so that in the future there will be more and better alliances between academia and industries.
Source: Tec de Monterrey