¡Vamos a Guadalajara y Puebla!

International Collaboration Mission Series

Call for Expressions of Interest

As part of CBIE’s International Collaboration Mission Series, we are pleased to announce that a collaboration mission to Guadalajara and Puebla, Mexico will be conducted in April 2017.

Why Guadalajara and Puebla, Mexico?

CBIE’s collaboration mission is being planned in partnership with the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC).

CONAHEC, is a membership based not for profit organization with over 160 member higher education institutions in Canada, Mexico, the US (and 15 other countries) which advises and connects institutions interested in establishing or strengthening academic collaborative programs with partners in the North American region.

Through CBIE’s partnership with CONAHEC,  Canadian member institutions will have privileged access to institutions and opportunities to establish new relationships in Guadalajara and Puebla, Mexico.

Leveraging CONAHEC’s longstanding relationships in Mexico, this mission will allow participants to connect with senior government officials in Guadalajara and Puebla and post-secondary institutions eager to engage more deeply with Canada.

Institutions in Guadalajara and Puebla which have confirmed their participation in the mission include, but are not limited to:

Why should my institution participate?

The overall goal of the mission is to enhance the capacity for Canadian post-secondary institutions to explore, develop and implement partnership opportunities in Guadalajara and Puebla, Mexico. By joining the mission, participating institutions will derive the following benefits:

  • Expertise: Gain an in-depth understanding of the education context and market in Mexico from various perspectives including government, academia, business, international and locally-based non-government organizations;
  • Opportunity: Access unique opportunities to develop and nurture new initiatives and partnerships in Mexico, and enhanced understanding of funding opportunities that may support such activities;
  • Peer connections: Connect with like-minded peers across Canada in a unique Mexican context, share professional experiences and good practice, and continue to connect post-mission;
  • Profile: Play a role in a pan-national “Team Canada” education initiative to Mexico that will profile the strategic importance of the Canada-Mexico bilateral relationship in education;
  • Enhanced internationalization:  Leverage unique experiences and lessons learned gained through the mission to Mexico as important contributions to the further development and implementation of your institutional internationalization strategy.

icon-testimonials“The CBIE … mission brought together a great mix of people from across the country who all shared a similar passion for teaching and learning, and showed them all the power of working together for the common Canadian good.”
– Director, Saint Mary’s University

What will the collaboration mission program include?

The one-week collaboration mission will include:

  • a workshop with Mexican education stakeholders on the Canada-Mexican relationship on education with an emphasis on lessons learned to date and recommendations for future programming;
  • targeted meetings with senior Mexican government officials and Canadian diplomatic representatives, to learn of bilateral and multilateral priorities, plans, and programming in the area of education;
  • series of institutional visits with Mexican universities and colleges to discuss future partnership and collaboration opportunities.

Please note that all meetings will be conducted in English, or, depending on the language proficiency of participants and stakeholders, English interpretation will be provided.

When will the mission take place?

April 24-28, 2017

Final confirmation of the dates will depend on the expressed preferences as indicated by interested member institutions in their expressions of interest to CBIE (see below for further details).

The mission will include visits to Guadalajara and Puebla, Mexico.

About GuadalajaraAbout Puebla

In advance of the mission participating member institutions will work with CBIE to identify strategic priorities and interests in collaboration with Mexico to enable CBIE to organize highly relevant and strategic meetings for the delegation. CBIE will also mount informational webinars for participants and distribute briefing materials prior to departure.

Following the mission, a report will be produced, to which mission participants will be expected to contribute, which will be widely disseminated as a means of broadly sharing the lessons learned and recommendations from the mission.

About Guadalajara

Known as the state where Mexico’s heart and spirit converge, Jalisco is the birthplace of mariachi and tequila and the land of cowboys (charros) and the rodeo (jaripeo). It embodies the essence of what it means to be Mexican.

Strategically located along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Jalisco is Mexico’s second most important economy. With a mix of relaxing countryside and the dynamic city life of its capital Guadalajara, Jalisco is a state that’s constantly growing.

While the percentage of Jalisco’s working population ranks it second at the national level, Guadalajara places second among all North American cities in terms of economic potential, and is number five of the top 10 “cities of the future.”

With more than seven universities of national and international renown, two technological universities, one polytechnic university, 13 state technological institutes, three national technological institutes, two advanced research centers, and a school of conservation and restoration, Jalisco is home to a little over 3.5 million students. Its reputation as a leading education center is complemented by its status as Mexico’s top employment training area, with 56 technical schools and 631 job‐training centers.

About Puebla

The city of Puebla and its surrounding area have developed one of the strongest concentrations of higher education institutions in the country with the intent of creating a region that would attract talented students from around the country and the world. It is also a region in which inter-institutional collaboration is highly developed which permits international collaborators to leverage a wide variety of local institutional strengths, knowledge and capacities.

The city of Puebla is a World Heritage City as identified by UNESCO and boasts some of the most impressive architecture in the Americas. The region is known for its preservation of traditional Mexican culture and it is famous for its cuisine, sweets and traditional pottery.

Puebla has become one of the top destinations for international students in Mexico and is home to over 7,000 international students annually. Institutions of higher education in Puebla offer plenty of opportunities for students, visiting faculty and researchers and other kinds of international engagement.

Who can participate?

A minimum of 15 participants is required for CBIE to proceed with the planning and execution of the mission.

The mission is open to universities, colleges and polytechnics. Institutions may designate multiple officials to represent various institutional priorities on the CBIE delegation, however,  senior-level institutional representatives with authority for negotiating international partnerships on behalf of their institution, would be the ideal candidate.

Given the broad-based international partnerships focus of the planned mission, participating institutions should be relatively new to the market: interested in exploring the potential for collaboration with Mexican counterparts, but have had limited engagement in the country to date.

How much does the mission cost?

The cost of participation in the mission is $5,900 CAD for CBIE members. The cost for a second participant from one institution will be discounted. This cost includes the following:

  • Six (6) days accommodation;
  • Local transportation;
  • Breakfasts and lunches;
  • Group and individual meeting programs;
  • Interpretation;
  • Pre-departure webinars/informational materials;
  • Copy of final mission report.

Participants are responsible for their own international airfare (arriving in Guadalajara and departing from Puebla), health insurance, and evening meals.

The registration fee of $5,900 CAD is due by March 31, 2017.

If the required number of participants is not met (i.e. 15 participants, as mentioned above) by April 1, 2017, the mission could be postponed or cancelled. If the mission is cancelled, all registration fees would be fully refunded.

How do I apply?

Please confirm your interest in participating in CBIE’s collaboration to Mexico by submitting a one-page expression of interest to Anne Christensen by March 15, 2017.

Your expression of interest should include the following:

  • Name, position, short biography, and contact information;
  • Institutional description (1 paragraph);
  • Institutional objectives in participating in the collaboration mission;
  • Photo and institutional logo.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Christensen, 613-237-4820 ext. 228.

icon-testimonials“CBIE missions provide an excellent opportunity for universities to connect with international schools, as well as create closer ties with other participating Canadian universities.”
– Dean of Business, University of Regina