Vub mission 26. 09 to 03. 10. 2011, Mexico City and Puebla Final Report Monday September 28th (Mexico City)



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VUB Mission 26.09 to 03.10.2011, Mexico City and Puebla

Final Report

Monday September 28th (Mexico City)

Program Jan Cornelis, Jacqueline Couder, Tania Genel

CINVESTAV (Center of Avanced Studies and Research of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional-IPN)

#4 in México, (QS) # 35 in Latin America, 550-600 worldwide

Avenida Instituto Politécnico Nacional #2508, Colonia San Pedro Zacatenco

Edificio administrativo, planta baja
Contact: Mrs. Anaid E. Linares Rojas - Coordinator of International Relations

Tel: +52 (55) 5747 3800 Ext: 4002

Cel. 0445549419894; cori@cinvestav.mx
Note: CINVESTAV operates autonomously from IPN, but its ranking is not available separately

https://www.cinvestav.mx/eng/Home.aspx


Agenda & Participants:


9:30 -10:00

Welcome address

Introduction of participants

Presentation about Cinvestav


Dr. Ricardo Félix

Academic Secretary



Dr. Yasuhiro Matsumoto

International Relations Coordinator


10:05-10:35


Adress


Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Prof. Dr. Jan Cornelis

Vicerector International Policy


10:40-11:00


Electrical engineering





Dr. Lorenzo Leija

Head of the Electrical Engineer Department


11:05 - 11:30


Physics Department





Dr. Máximo López

Head of the Physics Department



11:35-12:00

Computer Science Department


Dr. Amilcar Meneses Viveros

Academic Coordinator of the Computer Science Department



12:05-12:40

Roundtable lead by Dr. José Mustre de León –General Director of Cinvestav


All Participants

12:40 – 12:50

Concluding Remarks


Dr. José Mustre de León

General Director of Cinvestav


13:00-13:30


Visit the French-Mexican Laboratory on Computer Science and Control





Dr. Sergio Salazar.

CINVESTAV Researcher

Academic Coordinator

Autonomous Systems for Aerial and Underwater Navigation programs (SANAS)



Dr. Antonio Osorio Cordero

Investigador


Also joined the meeting:

-Dr.Luc Dendooven (Soil sciences), participated in IUC Ethiopia (http://www.biotecnologia.cinvestav.mx/dendooven)

- Dr. Frédéric Thalasso Siret, Biotechnology Department at CINVESTAV, PhD in Bio-engineering from UCL, who knows Anton Vandeput and Philippe Claeys (http://www.biotecnologia.cinvestav.mx/thalasso-siret)


OVERVIEW AVAILABLE – ANNEX 3

CINVESTAV

VUB

GENERAL - by Yasuhiro Matsumoto(PPT available)





Cinvestav is a public institution, founded in 1961

(mix of government lab and university)

Vision: societal orientation.

9 campuses; 7 national labs

IRO: 2 persons

Concept of multidisciplinary programs (#3)

674 Faculty

3000 graduate students

61 postgraduate programs


    • 31 Masters and

    • 30 Ph.D (2 direct Ph.D)

5% international students

Most students come from Lat Am and India

Participation in H2020 through CONACYT

-project with TU Delft on nuclear waste

-project on plant genetics, alumnus of UGent (Van Montagu) is working here. Plant genetics is very active group at CINVESTAV
Joint International Workshops

We bring specialists together with common interests to:

Acquire and share expertise on a given subject.

Find research and collaboration partners.

Promote the exchange of students/academics.




VUB is interested in “direct PhD” (after Ba or 1 year of Ma)

Contact at VUB: Geert Angenon, …?

VUB is interested in concept of workshops to develop consortia for application for project funding
VUB concept of joint labs and ecosystem with companies is explained


Digital Super Brains: General Coordination of Systems of Information and Communication Technology

Xiuhcoatl: hybrid cluster

Cinvestav-Zacatenco

90 Tera-flaps

the management of large volumes of data or the modeling of complex phenomena





Also joined the meeting:

-Dr.Luc Dendooven (Soil sciences), participated in IUC Ethiopia (http://www.biotecnologia.cinvestav.mx/dendooven)

- Dr. Frédéric Thalasso Siret, Biotechnology Department at CINVESTAV, PhD in Bio-engineering from UCL, who knows Anton Vandeput and Philippe Claeys (http://www.biotecnologia.cinvestav.mx/thalasso-siret)





Artificial voice for disability in language


Possible match with Werner Verhelst/Hichem Sahli – ETRO, …?

Possible match with Center for Linguistics (aphasia, neurolinguistics: Peter Mariën – Elke De Witte)



Endoscopic surgery trainer (with CNRS)





Franco (CNRS)-Mexican lab

-computing and automatic control

Development of unmanned vehicles of long endurance.

Development of hybrid vehicles (airplane / helicopter).

Control of a four-rotor helicopter using GPS.

Development of an exoskeletons and revalidation aids


Possible matches:

- Martin Timmermans (ETRO)?

- Eventually Robotics Bram Vanderborght – but less advanced than VUB

We visited the lab



High Energy Physics

Participation in LHC, CERN, Switzerland




Should know VUB team in CERN- Jurgen D’Hondt at VUB?


ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING – by Lorenzo Leija

(PPT available – ANNEX 4)

Strong points were not identifiable

A staff of 50 researchers. Most of them belong to the National Researchers System “Sistema Nacional de Investigadores ” or S.N.I. (88%).




Bioelectronics

Bioinstrumentation.

Biosignal processing.

Robotics for surgery.

Sensors, transducers and materials development.

Rehabilitation engineering



Concentration of activities in this area -- > Johan Stiens – ETRO, …?

Special mention of their expertise in radiation treatment



Communications

Communications Networks.

Radiocommunications.

Communications Theory






Solid State Electronics

VLSI design, Fuzzy logic and neural networks.

Solar cells.

Oxide and lasers semiconductors.

Solid state sensor materials.

Secondary ion spectroscopy






Mechatronics

Telecontrol of robot manipulators.

Servomechanism design.

Magnetic bearing.

Vibration damping.

Nonlinear control robotics







DEPT PHYSICS – by Luis Fernando Rojas

(PPT available – ANNEX 5)

Strong theory mindedness

Research Areas:

  • Gravitation and Math. Physics

  • High Energy Physics the CMS and ALICE Collaborations at LHC (CERN) and in the Pierre Auger Project for detection of Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays

  • Solid State Physics  CMS detectors

  • Soft Condensed Matter



Alexander Sevrin in Fac. WE?
Must know VUB team- Jurgen D’Hondt

Exchange from BE to MX is possible through AMEXYT for students and staff (and vice versa)

VUB’s EN master in physics is communicated to them – contact Fac. WE

Students need to do exam before entering PhD (GRE Physics) and succeed. This will also be necessary for VUB students in joint PhD. Might be bottleneck.

VUB Joint PhD system is explained. Interest exists!


ICT – by Amilcar Meneses Viveros

(PPT available – ANNEX 6)

CINVESTAN Ma – some courses in EN; PhD supported by CONACYT

Research Areas

Theory of Computing – Math. foundations

Artificial Intelligence – genetic alg.(strong)

Computer Systems

Information Systems – Big data/HC interaction, DBS,GIS, visual computing lab.

Onderliggende links/expertise:

-Human-robot interaction

-3D-visualisation

Contacts: Ann Nowe -DINF; Hichem Sahli (ETRO); Peter Schelkens (ETRO), ….



TO DO:


-link up of CINVESTAV – VUB expertise (in particular on the Physics area)

- possibly, make joint inventory of available apparatus in labs for possible complements CINVESTAV- primarily Physics Dept.of CINVESTAV – VUB

-ask CONACYT for funding possibilities (see meeting CONACYT). UK and France are preferred countries for CONACYT.

-send full BRUFACE Doc and research IOF/faculty of applied sciences





Parallel program Prof. Ann Peeters:
COLMEX (Colegio de México)

Center for Linguistics and Literary Studies /Centro de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios



Camino al Ajusco 20, Col. Pedregal de Santa Teresa, México D. F. 10740

Contact: Dr. Rafael Olea Blanco 55-27-49-60-29, (back – up) Dr. Alfonso Medina 55-43-88-02-26

rolea@colmex.mx

http://cell.colmex.mx/



Participants

Director - Dr. Rafael Olea Blanco

Academic Coordinator CELL – Dr. Alfonso Medina

General Academic Coordinator COLMEX– Dr. Raimundo Campos

Mrs. Valentina Riquelme, responsible for the Office of Academic Exchange


COLMEX

VUB

COLMEX was founded in 1940

  • mostly MA courses

7 academic centers:



  • History

  • Sociology

  • African and American Studies

  • Urban Studies

  • Economy

  • International Relations

  • Public Administration

Most of the research activities in:



  • Humanities

  • Social Sciences

Interested in international student exchanges:



  • Students don’t pay tuition fees

  • No possibility for scholarships

  • No possibility for campus accommodation

  • Interested students need a minimum average of 16/20

  • Maximum of 2 students / semester

  • Student exchange in Latin-American Economy / Politics (those student don’t need to be fluent in Spanish)

  • Want to send students for Translation Studies

No possibilities for Joint or Double Degrees



Department TALK would be interested to set up possibilities for exchange, but only if other Departments (Brussels Diplomatic Academy?) would be interested as well.


Applied Linguistics?




TO DO:

No follow up for the moment






BELGIAN EMBASSY

Alfredo Musset 41, Polanco, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, 11550

Conctac : Françoise Willems, Assistant to the Ambassador, Tel : +52-55-52.80.07.58 EXT. 16

francoise.willems@diplobel.fed.be


Agenda:

16.00-16.30 Introductory Meeting VUB – Belgian Embassy

H.E. Ambassador Hans – Christian Kint

First Secretary Mr. Philippe De Mûelenaere

16.30 – 18.00 Roundtable with AMEXCID and Embassy



Purpose of visit is explained. VUB Int’l strategy is explained in short: collaboration models, BDA, Cultural Diplomacy, alumni club.

Embassy has not a lot of contact with universities in Mexico.

UGent is visiting Mexico and Embassy in two weeks.





TO DO:

Send final report on mission and keep them posted with developments and brochures






AMEXCID
-Laura García Querol, Director for Cooperation with Europe  lgarciaq@sre.gob.mx , 5536865100 ext 664

-Laura Melisa Galindo, Coordinator projects with Europe. lgalindo@sre.gob.mx

Giovanni Bolaños, Deputy Director for Europe giovannib@sre.gob.mx

-Susana Ocaña, Deputy General Directorate for Academic Cooperation. smiranda@sre.gob.mx



OVERVIEW AVAILABLE – ANNEX 7


AMEXCID

VUB

Body of Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2011




Role:

-coordinate international cooperation; incl. educational and scientific research

-economic, cultural and touristic promotion





5 depts:

-‘International cooperation for development’ dept. is responsible for VUB collaboration






Works according to Mexico’s thematic and geographic priorities: is very broad – see PPT
Ministry of S&T sets priorities and AMEXCID (mostly inflow in Mexico) supports CONACYT’s (mostly outflow from Mexico) actions abroad.




Total offer:

170 scholarships for European Countries (only incoming students)


Current offer Belgium:

-10 scholarships for French Community (is signed)

-10 scholarships for Flemish Community the scholarship program is already up and running

(in 2015: # 7 Belgians)

Offer:

-tuition/roundtrip/monthly stipend of 500 EUR/insurance


Other:

-invited speaker at conference/ visiting professors in Mexico/artist residence/media residence/other.


Calls for scholars was already advertised at VUB and will continue to be.

Keep eye open for next call expected March 2016


More information regarding AMEXCID’s Scholarship Programs is available on:

·       AMEXCID’s Website: http://www.amexcid.gob.mx/index.php

·       Bilateral scholarships offer (academic programs). 2016 Annual Call deadline for Belgian students: October 15th, 2015 (Next Call will be published on March 2016): http://amexcid.gob.mx/images/stories/becas/2015-Extranjeros/general/english/general-terms-and-conditions-2.pdf

·       Special Programs. The Annual Call finished on August, 14, 2015 (Next Call will be published on March 2016): http://amexcid.gob.mx/index.php/es/oferta-de-becas-para-extranjeros/1737

. Artist residences on personal basis, not linked to institutions – Hans De Wolf – VUB?





TO DO:


  • Include AMEXCID’s scholarships on our website somehow

  • Eventually contact ANUIES, the association of Mexican universities, offer office space in Pleinlaan 5&9, ask for possibility to promote VUB’s English programs (VLIR scholarships): contact person Brenda Galaviz Aragon Brenda.galavis@anuies.mx, 54204900 ext 4921 and 4978

  • Potentially find a way to combine OAS with Conacyt

  • Send electronic version of program cards to AMEXCID





Tuesday September 29th (MEXICO CITY)_______________________________________________
CONACYT (Mexican National Council for Science and Technology)

Av. Insurgentes Sur 1582, 4to. Piso-N, Col. Crédito Constructor, 03940 Mexico D.F.

Contact: Mrs. Jessica Urueta Quiroz – Subdirector of Cooperation Mexico – EU in Science, Technology and Innovation  +(52 55) 53 22 77 00 / Ext. 1710; jurueta@conacyt.mx

http://www.conacyt.mx/

Agenda & Participants

9.00-10.30 Executive meeting

Mrs. Jessica Urueta Quiroz, Sub -Director of Cooperation EU – Mexico in Science, Technology and Innovation

Mr. Juan Carlos Wiechers, Sub- Director of International Cooperation and Scholarships

Maria Teresa de León, Director of Comercialization of Technology (?)
OVERVIEW AVAILABLE – ANNEX 1

CONACYT

VUB

Supports S&T in 28 centers and for 2600 researchers




Works with Federal (UNAM, IPN, UAM,..) and State Universities

Cinestav is dependent on Ministry of Education, since it is a university and not just a research center






CONACYT manages grants and agreements with the 150 best universities in the world, based on THE ranking; but case by case analysis is possible. Currently 100 agreements have been signed. CONACYT manages part of the national S&T policy plan.

VUB has to defend its case- if we apply for an agreement.

Students are sponsored in engineering/medicine/water/environment/pharmacology/nanotechnology/hard sciences

Priority is energy

NOT sponsored: social science, humanities and business administration

Focus is on PhD researchers

At PhD-level: history, literature, geography, arts is also possible for sponsoring

Opening towards linguistics and literature



PhD sponsoring is possible for 4 years – model of co-financing with university, e.g. tuition fee waiver or extra monthly stipend. Student receives 900 EUR/month.

University sends proposal/application to CONACYT


Model of joint PhD is matter of universities, not CONACYT
Direct PhD can also be sponsored (without Ma diploma)

VUB will send application after consultation with VUB academics to identify interest. Cases must be ready to start when applying for funding.

CONACYT can sponsor workshop via co-financing1




CONACYT sponsors short fellow visits (outgoing and incoming) up to 6 months for master (thesis) and 1 year for PhD to experience a research stay. Fully sponsored with stipend and insurance. No tuition.





CONACYT can sponsor students (incoming in Mexico) when attending programme that is recognized by CONACYT:

National Program of Quality Graduate Studies (PNPC-label).







When agreement with CONACYT, university is mentioned on website of CONACYT. Gives visibility to universities.

CONACYT organizes fairs (once/year in 3 states). International and Mexican universities are present, but only those who have an agreement with Conacyt.







Overall sponsoring rate: 60% PhD/40% Ma with 1600-1800 scholarships/year

Think about the possibility of using bench fee for the VUB sponsoring

Procedure for Mexican students: VUB takes care of PR, student applies to VUB and when accepted, student can apply to CONACYT for scholarship with letter of acceptance from VUB
Call CONACYT: 2x/year

Week 1 in Feb and week 4 in April

Selection takes 1 month

Start activity in September


Procedure for Belgian students: 1 call/year

Ask OAS to promote VUB among Mexican universities

Participation in H2020:

CONACYT covers part of the Mexicans when project is selected by EC. When project is selected by the EC, the Mexicans make extra application to CONACYT and request is always granted.






A special one-time call is coming up for collaboration between funding organisations with approx. 20 million EUR.

Three projects are expected, one will be selected.

Topics: geothermic, marine solar, renewal energy


see EU website, is announced





TO DO

  • VUB will send application after consultation with VUB academics to identify interest. Cases must be ready to start when applying for funding.

  • Need to ask for a draft/example of standard agreement

  • David will seek to obtain information on CONACYT’s scholars at VUB

  • Think about the possibility of using bench fee for the VUB sponsoring, consider other co-financing options,

  • Offer the possibility to identify PhD slots within VUB and make a specific call for Conacyt (similar to OAS system)

  • Ask OAS to promote VUB among Mexican universities

  • Check for agreement FWO-CONACYT (2012)?



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