A bilateral scholarship program between Mexico and China will see each country exchange students for the purpose of cultural studies. Mexico and China agreed on a Bilateral Grant Program where annually, each country will accept 40 students.
In the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year, 40 students from China will travel to Mexico and spend the school year studying Spanish, Mexican culture and other disciplines. Four of the students will finish their graduate studies at varying universities around Mexico.
Mexican Ambassador to China, Julian Ventura (photo center), received a group of students in Beijing before their departure and wished them success.
At the same time, 40 Mexican students have been invited to go to China to study the language, culture and participate in undergraduate program(s). Ventura stressed the importance of academics to achieve closer exchanges between Mexico and China and urged the students to maximize their stay in the country.
During the state visit by President Xi Jinping to Mexico in June 2013, both the Chinese and Mexican governments agree that strengthening educational cooperation is a priority.
Of the 36 Chinese students participating this year, 18 will study at National Autonomous University of Mexico（UNAM), while 10 will be hosted by the Faculty of Arts and eight will be at the Center for Foreign Students.
Since 2012, when the Center for Mexican Studies in China was founded, UNAM has admitted 41 students as part of its scholarship program. UNAM also has additional agreements with other Chinese universities with academic areas in sciences, humanities, law, medicine and engineering.
Raul Parra, coordinator of Press and Media at the Center of Mexican Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in China, said that last year, 12 Mexican students from UNAM studied in China.
In addition to the UNAM, academic institutions receiving students are the College of Mexico, Autonomous University of Puebla, Guanajuato University, University of Colima, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon and the Autonomous University of Hidalgo State.