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12 October 2017

UA joins foreign peers for collaborative effort

University of Arizona will partner National Autonomous University of Mexico and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, two research institutions with similar climates and ambitions.

Author: Callum Cyrus, reporter

University of Arizona (UA) has partnered National Autonomous University of Mexico (Unam) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel to develop joint research and entrepreneurship initiatives.

The partnership will jointly develop projects and applied research while collaborating on tech transfer initiatives and industry relationships.

Much of Arizona lies in arid conditions akin to pockets of Mexico and Israel’s Negev Desert, enabling joint research in similar climates. The pact also links UA’s Arizona Tech Park to technology schemes operated by Unam and BGU’s Advanced Technologies Park.

The tie-up furthers UA’s Arizona Global Advantage program, an international networking scheme that aims to encourage high growth business development in regions such as Arizona-Sonora, itself a desert area.

Delegations from UA and Unam visited several BGU departments to launch the joint initiative – Jacobs Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev and Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

Bruce Wright, associate vice-president of Techs Park Arizona, said: “This trilateral agreement leverages regional assets and international outposts providing a complementary package of resources to innovators worldwide.”

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