Wits is the first university in Africa to join the Global MX Network, which aims to identify and organise highly qualified Mexicans living in countries other than Mexico.
Mexicans living in sub-Saharan Africa now have a formal link to academic projects being pursued by other Mexican nationals all over the world.
The Mexican Studies Department hosted the inauguration of the Global MX Network’s Sub-Saharan African Chapter on Monday, August 19.
The network is made up of Mexican researchers across five regions – Asia, Europe, North and South America and, as of this week, Africa.
As part of the network, researchers are invited to attend annual international meetings, regional conventions and regular networking days where guest speakers discuss their research or relevant topics.
Thereafter, guests can partake in round-table discussions and workshops with fellow Mexican nationals.
For the inauguration, six Mexican researchers from Wits and the Mexican embassy in Pretoria were joined by two other researchers, who were unable to be in Johannesburg at the time, via Skype to briefly discuss the potential benefits of the network.
The aim of the chapter “is to promote research and academic activities among different disciplines”, said Dr Guillermo Delgado, a Mexican working in Gabon, who is passionate about strengthening relations between Africa and Mexico.
The initiative was facilitated by the Centre for Mexican Studies at Wits University, which was started in May 2018 with the aim of supporting the teaching of Spanish and Mexican culture at Wits.
It is an academic outpost of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which promotes the
mobility of students and academic staff between universities around the world.
FEATURED IMAGE: Researchers involved in the Global MX Network’s Sub-Saharan African Chapter. (Left to right): Alexis Chávez, Andrés Medellin, Teyza Ponce, Julián Ventura Valero, Ana Luisa Fajer, Dr Arturo Mendoza, Dr David Ruiz Guzmán, Lourdes María Zozaya, Kevin Villarreal and Valentina Martínez. Photo: Stephanie Schaffrath