The Dean of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences said a top benefit of a new partnership with organizations in Mexico is simply the exchange of knowledge.
Bob Hauser made the comments as the collaboration between the UI, the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México and the Foundation for the Regional Development and Competitiveness was made official Tuesday at a ceremony with state leaders in Springfield.
The UI said the agreement will include joint research and cultural activites and student exchange programs, among other things. Areas where the entities will collaborate include animal genetics, biofuels and crop sciences.
Dean Hauser pointed to two other areas where the exchange of information will be beneficial.
Hauser added that it's too early to tell what specific projects will be undertaken by the new partnership. But he said the College of ACES has partnered with other entities in Mexico with success.
State officials, meanwhile, are hoping that this new partnership leads to new trade opportunities between Illinois and Mexico.