With a shared border, an interwoven history, and common interests and challenges, California and Mexico are natural allies. Bearing this in mind, the UC-Mexico Initiative was created in January 2014 as a collaborative effort by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).

The goal of the Initiative is to create a sustained, strategic and equal partnership between UC and Mexican institutions that addresses common issues from a scientific perspective and also educates our next generation of leaders. The Initiative has an Advisory Board comprised of high-level representatives from the academia, business, and nonprofit organizations. There are five working groups: Energy, Education, Arts and Culture, Environment, and Health. For more information, please see the UC-Mexico Strategic Framework, which can be found here.

Through the working group on health, the Initiative is  built on the significant body of research developed over the years by UC and Mexican experts on health issues to develop new research projects around areas of critical importance: diabetes, violence, and maternal and neonatal health. In response to interests expressed by Mexican partners, the working group has developed two online certificate programs one on regulatory sciences and the other on health leadership and management.