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The development of joint research and innovation projects and the opening of participation to professors, professionals and postgraduate students are the advantages of the agreement between Tec de Monterrey and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) . David Garza, President and Executive Chairman of Tec, and Anders Bjarklev, President of DTU, signed the agreement during a ceremony held at the Mexico City campus of Tec de Monterrey.
“When I started as Rector, I said that I wanted to promote the three ‘i’s – research, innovation and internationalization. With the signing of this agreement, I see them embodied. It is an honor to collaborate with a institution of such prestige as DTU,” Garza said. For his part, Bjarklev, DTU President, said Tec de Monterrey’s philosophy aligns with the institution he represents. “I see that there are specific areas of different technologies where we can benefit the future of our students. DTU can receive a lot of knowledge from Tec, and we hope to do that ourselves equally, to energize our countries,” he said.
Collaboration and fundraising
José Manuel Páez, Vice Rector of Tec for Internationalization, explained the collaboration between Tec and DTU. “It expands the relationship we have had in the international experience opportunities of our professional students, raising the teaching staff to work on joint projects,” Páez described. The vice-rector pointed out that the agreement would allow Tec professors to work with high-level teachers. “We are talking about research on an international scale, something very important. These are agreements that we only make with certain types of universities,” he said.
Another important aspect of this alliance is a unique joint fundraising strategy to support researchers from both educational institutions. This strategy, said the vice-rector, will allow research work related to engineering, science and health to advance or solidify.
Tec and DTU: a relationship to history
Tec and the Technical University of Denmark have 15 years of student exchange collaboration; from 2018 to date alone, more than 40 DTU students have studied at Tec, while more than 80 Tec students have attended the Danish institution. Also, since 2018, student research stays in science and engineering have taken place. Projects that have been researched include those related to sustainable applied biotechnology, nanosensors and devices, bioprocessing and synthetic biology, sustainable energy, biotechnology and biomedicine, and engineering. civil.
DTU is among the top 50 universities in Europe according to the QS World University Rankings. In 2018, the Vice-Rectorate for Internationalization opted for the relationship with DTU by choosing this university as one of Tec’s representative offices abroad, exposing it to the radar of other universities in the Nordic region. This office will continue to strengthen collaboration in the initiatives that arise from this new strategic stage of cooperation, Paéz said.
Featured Tec student projects
José Carlos Miranda, Dean of Tec’s School of Engineering and Science in the Mexico City region, shared his impressions of the visit by DTU President Anders Bjarkler. “I think the visit was beneficial as we had the opportunity to present to the DTU President different research projects carried out by professors working with professional and postgraduate students. He saw many intersections between our research and what is done at DTU. This motivates us because DTU is one of the most important research universities in Europe and is a testament to the level of research that we carry out at Tec,” said Miranda.
Students from engineering and architecture, art and design schools presented some of the projects they have developed. Among them, the smart electric car created by graduate students and a presentation of Nao robots and the robot named “Robocov”, which can perform specific tasks, such as disinfection and detecting the use of masks, among others.
Translation by Daniel Wetta.