The forum aims to create short- and medium-term programs in the fields of education, cross-border innovation and scientific cooperation in order to help create a skilled workforce in both countries. It brings together Mexican and U.S. government officials, the higher education community, the private sector and civil society.
A Memorandum of Understanding for the Establishment of a Mexico-United States Professional Internship Program was signed in March 2015 as part of FOBESII.
Currently, seven of our consulates (Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Saint Paul and Douglas) and the embassy in Washington, D.C. are involved in a pilot internship program, with a focus on strategic sectors such as the aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, energy and telecommunications industries.
Some of the forum’s achievements to date:
- 100 cooperation agreements
- A Memorandum of Understanding for Professional Internships
- Mobility programs for 66,000 students, academics and researchers in the U.S. (2014-2015)
- Binational research and innovation centers ( the CaliBaja Research Center in San Diego, among others)
- The creation of Mexico Centers (Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center at SMU)
- 15.4% increase in mobility of Mexican students in the U.S.
- 19% increase in mobility of U.S. students in Mexico
- CONACYT-NSF projects (I-Corps, PIRE and GROW)