UAQ Announces Collaboration with ToyotaBy Alejandro Enríquez | Mon, 06/21/2021 - 12:03
To strengthen its dual training programs, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro’s (UAQ) Faculty of Engineering announced it will collaborate with Toyota's Plant in Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato. The collaboration, which will support knowledge transfer programs in AI and related areas, is part of the faculty’s commitment to strengthen its partnerships with the private sector, said Manuel Toledano Ayala, Faculty Director at UAQ.
UAQ's partnership with Toyota will allow students to access a dual education program where young professionals can complement their studies as they gain real-world experience by working hand-in-hand with the OEM. Queretaro’s solid and skilled workforce has led automotive companies to trust the state with R&D, engineering, and design operations. In a past interview with MBN, Jorge Vázquez, R&D Center Director of Continental Automotive, explained the benefits of the state. "Queretaro has a solid business environment in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Being in a consolidated automotive cluster like Queretaro gives us access to infrastructure that was previously unavailable to us," he said.
In the neighboring Guanajuato, Toyota's Plant in Apaseo el Grande is about 30 minutes away from Queretaro City. Over the past few years, the region has seen a ramp-up in manufacturing operations from numerous OEMs, including Mazda, Honda, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Bus & Trucks, GM, and more recently Toyota, which opened a new plant in December 2019 to produce the Tacoma model.
Luis Lozano, president of Toyota Motor de México, highlighted Toyota's transformation into a CASE mobility company and Mexico's role in an interview with MBN. "We are undergoing a transformation process in the automotive industry and Mexico has the unique opportunity to jump into that transformation. Toyota is interested in working with all stakeholders and the Mexican government is interested in grasping those opportunities," he said.
Queretaro continues to offer proper conditions for companies in the automotive and aerospace sector. "We analyzed 17 cities according to 26 parameters. We eliminated several contenders due to insecurity, lack of specialized talent, and infrastructure related to R&D activities. In the end, we had two possible locations and we decided on Queretaro mainly because of its talent and the number of graduates that universities produce each year," said Vazquez to MBN.