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UCLA and Mexico's National University Form Joint Advisory CommitteeUCLA-UNAM Signing. Left to right, standing: Richard Verches, UCLA Latino Alumni Association; James W. Wilkie. Sitting: Albert Carnesale, Juan Ramón de la Fuente.

UCLA and Mexico's National University Form Joint Advisory Committee

UCLA and UNAM act to implement cooperative agreement signed last November by Chancellor Albert Carnesale and UNAM Rector Juan Ramón de la Fuente.

By Colleen Trujillo

UCLA and Mexico's premier university, the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), acted at the end of December to take the first steps to implement the Memorandum of Understanding they signed last November 12. UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale, a signatory to the November memorandum, on December 27 announced the appointment of UCLA’s representatives to the Joint Advisory Committee specified by the agreement.

They are Geoffrey Garrett, Vice Provost, UCLA International Institute; Fernando Torres-Gil, Associate Dean, School of Public Policy and Social Research; and John Sandbrook, Assistant Provost, College of Letters and Science. Committee members from UNAM are Mónica Verea, Director of Inter-Institutional Relations; Guillermo Pulido, Director of the School for Foreign Students; José Luis Valdés, Director, North American Studies Center; and Mario Melgar Adalid, Director, UNAM–San Antonio Campus.


The November 12 signing took place in a ceremony held at the Dashew International Center for Students and Scholars.  UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale and UNAM Rector Juan Ramón de la Fuente signed the document and in brief remarks expressed their enthusiasm for the development of cooperative projects. Specifically, the parties have agreed “to explore avenues for extending existing collaboration and cultural and scientific exchanges between the two universities.” Ambassador Martha I. Lara, Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles, attended that event and thanked the organizers responsible for their leadership and commitment to the furthering the United States–Mexico relationship.


The UCLA-UNAM formal agreement is the outcome of a long history of collaboration and in particular the leadership of James W. Wilkie, Professor of History and Chair of the Latin American Center’s Program on Mexico, in coordinating bilateral research and publishing projects involving students and faculty from the two institutions.
The next step is to establish a General Collaboration Agreement, a more comprehensive document that will serve as the framework for the further development of academic relations between the two institutions, and between individual academic units or programs.

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