The USC Price School of Public Policy has signed an agreement with Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) to establish a joint program of graduate fellowships.
The USC Price-CONACYT fellowships provide scholarship funding for qualified applicants to study at one of USC Price’s master’s degree programs in public administration, public policy, urban planning, and health management and policy. The first class of fellows is scheduled to enroll in fall 2014.
“The goals of this collaboration are to increase the capacity for public administration, urban planning and public policy in Mexico, to facilitate the professionalization of its public sector, as well as to increase ties between the U.S. and Mexico, which are among the most important bilateral relationships for both countries,” said Angela McCracken, director of USC’s Mexico Office in Mexico City.
Similar to the National Science Foundation in the United States, CONACYT is an agency of the federal government. It carries a broad mandate, overseeing scientific and technological development in Mexico. CONACYT promotes educational and research agendas, grants scholarships and sets policies in these fields.
“From the Mexico perspective, it’s very useful to have the connection with a leading university in public affairs with all of the expertise in urban development and urban issues that Mexico is dealing with currently,” McCracken said.
“People who participate in this program will make a measureable contribution to Mexico,” she added.
Carol Rush, associate dean for student affairs at USC Price, explained that the joint program serves to extend the school’s international reach as well as add to the school’s already diverse student population.
“These fellows can bring their unique global perspectives into the classroom and help enrich the educational experience for students overall,” Rush said.