Mexico City, Mexico - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed an agreement with the Mexican Ministries of Public Education and Foreign Affairs and the National Council for Science and Technology to forge greater ties between institutions of higher education in California and Mexico, with particular emphasis on online learning.

“The ties between California and Mexico began before the Declaration of Independence and today we take one more step by bringing our institutions of higher learning closer together,” said Governor Brown.

The scope of the agreement includes cross-border online learning, student and teacher exchanges, joint research and scholarly endeavors.

Specifically, the agreement will enhance cooperation through a range of activities, including:

  • An exchange of students and teachers;

  • Implementation of joint research and scholarly activities;

  • Organization of conferences and seminars;

  • Exchange of academic materials and other information;

  • Short-term stays for students and teachers;

  • Teacher training courses for English language teachers;

  • Fellowship programs for students (undergraduates and graduates), teachers, academics and researchers; and

  • Online programs.

In order to further these objectives, a new California-Mexico Higher Education Working Group held its first meeting yesterday at the Casa de California in Mexico City. Members of this group include representatives of the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office, the University of California Office of the President, the California State University Chancellors Office and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.

A copy of the agreement signed today can be found here.