Regional Talent: Key for Mexican Space Development
The Mexican Space Agency seeks to broaden its alliances with different local universities to strengthen education, connectivity and social inclusion for the benefit of younger generations.
The Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT) announced via the Mexican Space Agency the continuance of its alliance seeking plan to attract regional university talent. The plan aims to develop talent from “any institution of higher education and not only the largest ones,” said Salvador Landeros Ayala, Director General, Mexican Space Agency, via a SICT press release.
These alliances include the recently signed collaboration agreement with the Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de San Felipe del Progreso, a decentralized agency jointly developed by the State of Mexico's Ministry of Education and Universidad de Ixtlahuaca CUI (UICUI). UICUI Director Margarito Ortega Ballesteros added that the alliance is “a great opportunity.” The agency also recognized the Tecnológico Nacional de México (TecNM) because of its capabilities to train competitive professionals in science, technology and other areas of knowledge.
The Mexican Space Agency explained that the democratization of space benefits young Mexican students. “The young people were grateful that training opportunities were opened for them to participate with their knowledge in important social tasks, for example, the use of satellite infrastructure for telecommunications and earth observation to bring health services closer to the population, especially in isolated areas that need it most,” reads SICT’s press release.
Recent projects supported by the Mexican Space Agency include the successful development of Mexican nanotechnology that could provide the moon with oxygen and energy. The project, developed by local talent, has also attracted attention from Canada, the United Arab Emirates, China, India and Singapore after receiving a distinction from Germany's “European Institute of Innovation and Technology,” according to SICT.