October 2022

New and Noteworthy

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Strategic Initiatives

Electrification of Transport

The University of California (UC) Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), UC Alianza Mexico, and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs formed a multi-stakeholder coalition, the US-Mexico High-Level Task Force on the Electrification of Transport, in February 2022. Subsequent task force activities have included meetings of the UC ITS team, industry, and government representatives to design a research program around five strategic areas—innovation, human capital, supplier development, infrastructure development, and governance—as well as the formation of three sub-groups to study light-duty vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, and electromobility in cities, respectively. 

On September 7 and 8, Alianza MX hosted an in-person dialogue in Mexico City of the light-duty vehicles subgroup, focusing on supply chains, life-cycle assessment, labor consideration, infrastructure planning, and a global perspective on zero emissions vehicle mandates. Meeting participants included Dan Sperling, ITS Founding Director; Gil Tal, Director of the UC-ITS Electric Vehicle Research Center; and Martha Delgado, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The first meeting of the heavy-duty vehicles subgroup took place in Puebla on October 6. It brought together members of the research team with the heavy-duty vehicles sector, represented by the Mexican Bus, Truck, and Tractor Produceers Association (ANPACT). An additional meeting on electromobility in cities is due to follow in late 2022. More information on this strategic research project is available here .

Climate Ambassadors

Alianza MX launched a new Climate Ambassadors initiative in August to build a network of student leaders across Mexico and California and connect them with career opportunities within the new climate economy.  The  program  has  partnered  with  universities,  NGOs,  andprivate  sector  entities  associated with the energy transition to create an Internship Program. And students will also expand their engagement with issues of climate change and climate justice through a unique Mentorship Program that connects  them  with  climate  experts  from  the  UC  and  Mexican  universities,  as  well  as  non-profit  and industry executives. On  October  13,  the  inaugural  meeting  of  Climate  Ambassadors  was  held  in  Mexico  City  with  the participation of students from Mexico and UC San Diego, UC Riverside, UC Merced, UC Davis UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Barbara. Further information and updates on this strategic initiative available here .

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Joint Call

  • Alianza MX and the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) launched their first-ever joint call for research proposals on September 23. The joint call will provide over $200,000 to support binational collaborative research proposals over the next two years in agriculture, plant genomics, marine sciences, and health. Cinvestav will also host UC scholars at joint research workshops at one or more campuses in Mexico.  
  • More information on the joint call is available here.

Binational Research Working Groups

  • On September 12, Alianza MX hosted a virtual meeting of the University of California-National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Binational Research Working Group on Migration and Inequality to discuss themes for bilateral cooperation on research into these critically important topics. Members reviewed a plan for upcoming activities, including a series of workshops on key dimensions of the UC-UNAM joint research agenda (dates to be confirmed).  Learn more ➔


New Partnerships

  • Alianza MX hosted a meeting between UC Merced Chancellor Juan S. Muñoz and Chapingo Autonomous University Rector José Solís at Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico City on August 17.The meeting marked the first step in drafting new cooperation agreements that will support the establishment of joint research working groups and facilitate the development of strategic research proposals on key topics of mutual interest, including sustainable agriculture, agricultural engineering, and natural resources management.  Learn more ➔


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Academic Exchange & Continuing Education

The Mobility Lab

  • With the goal of fostering Academic Mobility and Exchange between The University of California and Mexico, Alianza MX currently offers two funding opportunities for members of the UC community. Our Short-Term Experiential Learning Faculty Led program is receiving proposals for faculty-led group exchanges of up to ten days in Mexico. Our Virtual-Hybrid Joint Courses program offers financing for the joint development of an online/hybrid course between a UC faculty member and a Mexican counterpart. More information on these opportunities is available  here  ➔

Academic Collaboration

  • During a visit by UC Merced Chancellor Juan S. Muñoz to Mexico in August, UCM celebrated a new Memorandum of Understanding with Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP) for the enhancement of educational and academic opportunities for students and faculty at both institutions, as well as the provision of services to their respective communities.  The partnership, supported by Alianza MX, will provide opportunities for students to engage in short-term research and other professional development opportunities such as internships. Read more about it  here  ➔

Athletic Partnerships

  • UC Riverside and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) started an innovative partnership in athletics.  The institutions are jointly developing a student-athlete exchange program as well as a coaching exchange program, beginning with women’s and men’s soccer teams from both institutions. UCR Athletic Director Wesley Mallette visited UNAM in July to continue the planning and tour facilities as preparation. This partnership is a result of the agreements established during UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox’s meeting with UNAM Chancellor Enrique Graue in April 2022. 


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From the Alianza MX Team

Dr. Isabel Studer, Director of Alianza MX, was appointed Full Professor at the UC Riverside School of Public Policy in August. Established in 2012, the UCR School of Public Policy is one of four public policy schools in the UC system and is home to the only Master of Public Policy (MPP) program offered by a major research university in Southern California.
Dr. Aaron Melaas, Alianza MX Associate Director for Research and Innovation, successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation at the Fletcher School at Tufts University in August. Building on his research into the role of business associations in innovation policy-making in Mexico and Brazil, Aaron has led efforts to design new frameworks for collaborative research and technology development since joining the Alianza MX team in March.
Julio Sosa, Alianza MX Academic Research and Programs Officer, joined the team in August after previously advising graduate students at the UCR College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences. Julio’s work with Alianza includes management of collaborative research grants and doctoral fellowships, as well as developing new initiatives for UC researchers to engage with Mexican partners.
Yazmín Salazar joined Alianza MX as Program Assistant. She graduated from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) as a student of International Relations in the Spring of 2022. She has been collaborating as an intern with Alianza MX for the past 7 months supporting strategic initiatives, such as Electrification of Transport and Climate Ambassadors.  
Gaby Zapata joined Alianza MX as Program Assistant. She is currently studying Administration of Natural Resources at the University of Marista, Merida. She has been working with Alianza as an intern for a year assisting initiatives such as Climate Ambassadors by following upon mentorships and internships to provide for all the ambassadors.

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In the Media

Student migrant mobility 

by Jaime Zambrano
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They ask for collaborative work for the environment; bet on young

By José Carreño Figueras

University of California promotes in Mexico the training of experts in climate justice 

By Antimo Cruz
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Alianza MX of the University of California launches the Climate Ambassadors initiative 

By Nelly Toche

United States: Resuming climate leadership

by Isabel Studer

Urgent, link climate change with social justice

by Ruth Mata Ferrusquía

University of California and Puebla Institutions Accelerate Mobility and Research

By José Carreño Figueras

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Special Calls

Upcoming vacancies based in Mexico, for more information please visit our website here

1. Outreach and Communications Coordinator  
2. Electrification of Transport Coordinator 
3. Jr. Administrative Assistant.  More info here