University of California, Riverside



MEXICO CITY 2018 - Global Program











Important dates: (Between Commencement and Summer Session One)

  • Monday, June 18th, 2018, Departure to Mexico
  • Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 Return to LAX 

Why Mexico?

The relationship between the United States and Mexico is exceedingly important to both countries, however, our mutual interests can vary significantly as they relate to economic, immigration, and security goals. These may be aligned in some ways and misaligned in others, both between countries and within them.  It is not just public sector interests in play, but private sector ones as well. We will get a first-hand look at these issues and discuss the feasibility of policy alignment with key sectors from government, academia, and a unique perspective from private corporations. Topics may range from drug cartels to immigration to economic growth and trade relations and their impact on both sides of the border.

The program presents an ideal opportunity for students to explore some of the most consequential policy problems facing Mexico and the US today offering a rich global experience regardless of specific areas of interest and expertise.  

What is Behind the Economic Miracle South of the Border?
  • Trade makes up one third of Mexico's GDP and the country is a manufacturing powerhouse in the region
  • Mexico relies on exports to help power its economy and more than 90% of Mexican trade is under free trade agreements (FTAs) with more than 40 countries, the most significant of which is the1994 NAFTA agreement
  • The OECD and WTO both rank Mexican workers as the hardest-working in the world in terms of the amount of hours worked yearly and among the most important industrial manufacturers in Mexico in the automotive industry
  • Despite the influence of manufacturing, services make up the largest proportion of GDP, with manufacturing second and agriculture third
The Aims of the UCR Mexico Residency Include:
  • Analyze the structural reforms which allowed Mexico to become a Latin American powerhouse
  • Discover the liberalization of the Mexican economy as part of the move to engage with Free Trade Agreements
  • Explore the shift in production from the US to Mexico and also why Mexico has become such an important destination for investment from around the globe
  • Engage a dynamic and magnificent culture
  • Improve your career prospects by learning in depth about this exciting and dynamic market close to the US
Customized Lectures:
  • “Mexico in the Global Economy”
  • “Doing Business in Mexico”
  • “Mexican Financial Reform”
  • “Cartels and the Drug War - Impact on the Economy and Foreign Relations”
  • “Mexico's New Energy Reforms”
  • “What NAFTA Means Today”
  • “Mexico's Economic Development Strategies”
Site Visits: 
  • Teotihuacan Pyramids
  • Plaza del las Tres Culturas
  • US Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  • US Embassy
  • Import Export Bank
  • Manufacturing plant
  • Entrepreneurial Incubator/Start-up
What's Next?
  • Email Dr. Jasso immediately to learn about fees and enrollment
  • A team meeting will be scheduled once the Mexico City cohort is confirmed
  • Get your passport updated if necessary
  • Start getting ready to get on board to Mexico City!
  • Stay Strong!

For more information contact Dr. Sean Jasso



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