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During an official signing ceremony on Dec 3rd in Mexico City, the presidents of Northwestern University, Morton Schapiro,  and Universidad Iberoamericana (Ibero), David Fernández, signed a memorandum of understanding.

Northwestern enters new partnership with Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City

During an official ceremony on December 3rd in Mexico City, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro and Universidad Iberoamericana (Ibero) President David Fernández signed a formal agreement intending to develop academic collaborations between the two institutions.

The agreement will help spur joint research and programs in areas of synergy between the two institutions. Both Ibero and Northwestern are well known for their strengths in fields such as business and entrepreneurship, law, medical sciences, and civic engagement, as well as a strong focus on interdisciplinary research.  

Dévora Grynspan, vice president for international relations, who accompanied President Schapiro and attended the signing ceremony, is looking forward to exploring these joint opportunities with Ibero. 

“We had very interesting discussions with the President and deans at Iberoamericana, and were able to identify a number of areas for potential collaborations,” she said. “The next step is for us to invite Ibero leadership and interested faculty to Northwestern to build on the momentum and continue to develop this new partnership.”

Ibero was established in 1943 and is one of the best private research institutions in the country. It offers 34 undergraduate programs, 39 graduate programs and over 200 diplomas for its 11,000 students.

In addition to the visit to Ibero, the trip also included a lecture by Morton Schapiro to Ibero faculty and students, an alumni club event attended by over a hundred former Wildcats, and interviews with the Northwestern President by several Mexican media outlets. For more information and details about the whole delegation visit to Mexico City, read this longer feature in Northwestern Now

The Northwestern delegation to Universidad Iberoamericana included:

  • Morton O. Schapiro, Northwestern University President
  • Fernando Chico Pardo, Chairman and CEO, Promecap; Northwestern Board of Trustees
  • Dévora Grynspan, Vice President for International Relations
  • Francesca Cornelli, Dean and Donald P. Jacobs Chair and Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management
  • Alex Herrera, Executive Director, International Development, Alumni Relations and Development
  • Marni Futterman, Executive Director for External Relations, Kellogg School of Management
  • Mohamed Abdelfattah, Writer and Multimedia Producer, Global Marketing and Communications