The Mexico Program

From February 2003 through January 2012, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Public Administration and Public Policy (EGAP) of the Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) worked together under an academic partnership agreement. Sponsored by ITESM and based initially in Executive Education and for the past five years in Harvard University’s Center for International Development, the Mexico Program centered on:

  • Collaboration in research and teaching between EGAP and Kennedy School faculty
  • A Visiting Scholar Program that brought EGAP faculty and doctoral students to CID for several weeks each summer
  • An intensive two-week policy analysis course for EGAP students each summer in Cambridge
  • World-class executive education for Mexican government and other public leaders
  • Opportunities for Kennedy School students and faculty to learn about Mexican public policy and public management issues and experience
  • Access for EGAP faculty to Kennedy School intellectual and professional resources to support curriculum development, case teaching, and faculty development

During the nine years of the formal partnership—

  • More than 300 EGAP students participated in the summer policy analysis course, which was offered eight times, on topics including energy policy, poverty reduction policies, IT and innovation in government, and US-Mexico relations and drug war policy.
  • More than 260 Mexico officials participated in the program Meeting the Challenges of Mexico’s Future: Strategies for Leadership and Performance, held six times in Cambridge.
  • About 60 faculty members and researchers from each of the two Schools participated directly in some way in the program, with about 40 HKS faculty traveling to Mexico at least once and more than 40 EGAP faculty visiting Cambridge.
  • Ten cases on Mexico were developed and added to the HKS Case Program’s catalog, and two films on communities in Oaxaca were developed for classroom use.
  • Clusters of work—including research, case development, teaching, and outreach, and carried out by collaborative teams of faculty—focused on the topics of poverty and poverty reduction policies, microfinance, evidence-based human rights policies, IT and government innovation, and public sector reform.
  • Three books were published out of joint research efforts.
  • We supported over 50 HKS students with small research grants to conduct research in Mexico.
  • More than 36 HKS students participated as course assistants for the summer course or for workshops in Mexico, as part of fieldwork projects, or as research assistants.
  • Thirteen EGAP faculty came to CID as Visiting Scholars and six doctoral students as Visiting Student Researchers.
  • We carried out programs in collaboration with the Hauser Center, the Ash Center, and the Carr Center, as well as CID and Executive Education.

The plans under the agreement were completed as of January 2012 and by mutual consent the formal partnership, and by extension the Mexico Program, were brought to a close.

We anticipate that, where productive relationships based on shared research interests were developed, more narrowly defined and informal interactions will continue over the coming months and years.