On July 28th, 2016, UNAM’s Rector Dr. Enrique Graue met with UC President Janet Napolitano to sign a two-year memorandum of understanding signifying a commitment between both parties to undertake joint academic, scientific, and cultural activities in the areas of arts and cultures, education, energy, environment, and health. As presidents of two of the most prominent public universities in the world, Graue and Napolitano committed to leverage the strengths of both institutions to solve problems of common concern. During the reception, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, UCI Chancellor Kim Wilcox, and UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood praised members of the UC faculty for the initiative’s progress. Dr. Jaime Sepulveda, Dr. Stefano Bertozzi, and Dr. Horst Simon, chairs of the Health and Energy Working Groups presented the projected impact of their corresponding Working Groups. Over 100 people including State representatives, legislators, philanthropists, UC Regents as well as students and faculty, attended the reception.
Rector Graue’s visit was part of a three-day trip, in which he and a UNAM delegation had a round of meetings with distinguished academics and researchers. For instance, they met with the Global Health Sciences team at UCSF; at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory they have a series of events including a meeting with the Deputy Director Horst Simon as well as with the International Programs and the Energy Technologies Area leadership. At the UCB-School of Public Health, Dean Bertozzi and Dr. Jaime Sepulveda from UCSF, led a panel discussion with students and professors.