On 29 September 2014, the Rector of the Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México
(UNAM), Dr José Narro Robles, signed an agreement that allows for the awarding of double PhD degrees with the University of Groningen in the area of biomedical sciences.
History of relations
The agreement marks a major step in the development of relations between Groningen and Mexico’s most prestigious university. Over the past decade, cooperation has moved from basic student exchange to the development of joint programmes and intensive research collaboration. Moreover, in 2013, Groningen and UNAM were awarded the joint coordination of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme EURICA. EURICA is an EU-funded mobility programme with a budget of approximately € 4,3 million. Over the period 2014-2017, about 300 students and researchers will be granted a scholarship for mobility between Europe and Latin America.
Relation between UMCG and Faculty of Medicine of UNAM
Particularly the relations between the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and the Faculty of Medicine of UNAM have taken a real flight in recent years, as Dean Dr Enrique Graue explained. UNAM is part of the Abel Tasman Talent Programme of the UMCG, which has provided co-funding for nearly 90 students to be exchanged. Additionally, UNAM is a partner in the FP7 Marie Curie training network EULAMDIMA for diabetic microangiopathy. With the current agreement, students may request co-supervision for their PhD from both UNAM and Groningen. They will spend at least 30% of their research time at the other institution, ultimately leading towards the awarding of the PhD degree by both universities.
UNAM is one of the most prestigious universities of Latin America, and with more than 300,000 students responsible for approximately half of Mexico’s research output. Groningen is the first university to sign an agreement of this kind with UNAM.
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