President Bush Highlights TIES Initiative on Trip to Mexico


TIES scholarship students breakfast with President Bush on March 14, 2007 in Merida, Mexico.

TIES scholarship students breakfast with President Bush on March 14, 2007
in Merida, Mexico.

On his recent trip to Mexico, President George Bush met with student participants of the U.S.-Mexico Training, Internships, Exchanges, and Scholarships (TIES) Initiative, calling the initiative, “a vital program that the United States must continue, in my judgment, in order to help people realize the great benefits of education.”

Funded by USAID/Mexico and Higher Education for Development (HED), TIES partnerships seek mutual, fully collaborative relationships between Mexican and U.S. higher education institutions and their public and private sector partners on both sides of the border.

In a joint press conference with President Caldéron, President Bush again highlighted the TIES Initiative, paying special attention to its importance in creating U.S. and Mexican university partnerships to address development problems, saying, “I met with some students that are funded through USAID programs, who have come to the United States to take different courses in different subjects, and then have come back to Mexico to lend the expertise that they have gained to improve the communities in which they live.”

He continued, “I'm a big believer in student exchanges between our two nations, on both sides of the border. And one reason I am is because I think it's important sometimes for people to gain an accurate perception of my country by coming to my country. I love the fact that students travel back and forth.”

To date, 55 higher education partnerships have been funded under the TIES initiative with over 660 students receiving scholarships. Fourteen students were selected to attend a special breakfast meeting with President Bush and share their personal stories.