ASU's presence in Mexico leverages our capabilities to bring solutions to challenges on both sides of the border.

Why Mexico?

Building a strong and diverse relationship with Mexico allows Arizona State University the opportunity to gain perspective on regional challenges and to develop innovative, game-changing solutions to issues of importance to both sides of the border.

“We share a border and many common interests with Mexico. It’s natural that we seek stronger ties through education, research and innovation so we can help each other prepare for the challenges and the changing nature of the advanced workforce of the 21st century." Michael M. Crow, Arizona State University president

Discover how ASU is forging partnerships in Mexico

Our partnerships with organizations and academic institutions in Mexico lead to a focused effort to address issues of importance to both sides of the border. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Arizona State University attracts students from all over the world for varied reasons — degree program variety, accessibility, recommendation from others, research and program reputation, athletics and many others.  But for an aspiring PhD student from Mexico, choosing ASU came down to primarily one thing she discovered while conducting research for her master’s degree: an inspiring professor. María Rita Plancarte Martínez, now a senior leader serving as a vice rector with the Universidad de Sonora, earned her doctorate in Spanish literature from ASU in 2004. She discussed her path to Tempe and reflected on the benefits of the experience with ASU Now.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Emerita professor's work with University of Guanajuato highlights overlooked contributor to weight gain — poor sleep quality An Arizona State University emerita professor is working with Mexican academics to help fight obesity by exposing a rarely talked about, sneaky and harmful contributor to weight gain: bad sleep. Carol Baldwin, a distinguished veteran nurse with the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, travels to the University of Guanajuato in central Mexico twice a year to educate health professionals about the impact of sleep disorders, as part of an ongoing partnership. “Diabetes is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Mexico,” said Baldwin, who returned from her latest class in April. “The focus is generally on nutrition and physical activity. We’ve added sleep because there is a lot of research indicating association between sleep, sleep disorders, obesity and diabetes.” Diabetes is preventable — sleep matters The World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing and treating diabetes in developing nations, estimates that about “75 to 80 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes are obese or overweight.” Approximately 95 percent of diabetes cases are Type 2, and according to the WDF they are “largely preventable.” “Move more, eat less” is the usual advice given to help people control or lose weight. But the not-so-talked-about contributor to weight gain is bad sleep, Baldwin said.     In her class, Baldwin reveals sleep apnea and insomnia as the culprits preventing good sleep. But she also leads discussions about other sleep-disrupting lifestyle factors, such as late-night cellphone use. Although each of these aspects is unique, their impact is the same.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The United States is blessed to have as neighbors two peaceful democracies that share our values. Canadians and Mexicans have contributed enormously to the American story since the earliest days of our republic, and remain steadfast friends despite having legitimate grounds to harbor the kind of irredentist resentment that stokes tension along many borders around the world. The United States acquired vast swaths of territory (my home of Arizona included) from Mexico in a war that a young congressman named Abraham Lincoln opposed as immoral, and yet for most of its history as a global power, the United States hasn't needed to deploy its military to secure its southern border. Over the past two decades, the North American Free Trade Agreement has created the world's largest trading bloc, a vibrant, resource-rich economic zone that makes all of North America more competitive in the global economy. The integration of cross-border manufacturing within NAFTA has benefited our three countries, making us more competitive with low-cost producers like China.