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OAS and Mexico to Offer 600 Postgraduate Scholarships to Students from the Americas
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July 18, 2013

The Organization of American States and Mexico signed an agreement to provide scholarship opportunities to 600 citizens of the Americas for master's or doctoral studies in science and engineering in Mexico, of which 100 will be earmarked for students from Central America and the Caribbean.

From left to right: Emilio Rabasa Gamboa, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS; Juan Manuel Valle Pereña, Executive Director of AMEXCID, Mexico; Enrique Cabrero Mendoza, General Director, CONACYT, Mexico; José Miguel Insulza, OAS Secretary General; Albert R. Ramdin, OAS Assistant Secretary General; Eduardo Medina Mora, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States (Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS)

The Organization of American States (OAS), the Mexican National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT) and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) signed at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, an agreement to provide scholarship opportunities to 600 citizens of the Americas for master's or doctoral studies in science and engineering in Mexico, of which 100 will be earmarked for students from Central America and the Caribbean.

During the event, which was attended by delegates from the member countries and OAS officials, the Secretary General of the hemispheric institution, José Miguel Insulza, applauded CONACYT and AMEXID for their interest in "contributing to this important development effort for our people." "We often say that in this democratic period our countries face the double challenge of achieving more sustainable development and at the same time, having inclusion and equity, and for that purpose we recognize education and innovation as essential tools," he said. In that regard, he added that the educating and training of citizens "allows our countries to be more competitive and enables more people to aspire to a better quality of life. Investing in human capital increases individual productivity and is essential for the development of member states, "he said.

"The OAS, through the Secretariat for Integral Development, has been offering professional development opportunities in the Americas almost since its creation; it is the work of several decades. International cooperation in higher education is an essential to development. Moreover, we want this to be an inclusive initiative, and we will do that through programs that provide generous funding for excellent students such as the one we are presenting today, "said the head of the hemispheric Organization.

During 2012, the OAS channeled more than 1,000 scholarships through strategic alliances and professional development, said the Secretary General, who announced that in 2013 that number will be nearly doubled. "The donation of scholarships that we are receiving today is, from the numerical point of view, the highest we've ever received from a member state," he concluded

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