University in Mexico deal

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UNIVERSITY bosses in Sheffield have signed a partnership agreement to develop an advanced manufacturing research centre in Mexico.

The deal, finalised during Deputy PM Nick Clegg’s trade visit to the country, will see the University of Sheffield working closely with Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology to develop industrial research.

The MP for Sheffield Hallam finalised the deal in talks with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. They also signed an agreement to double bilateral trade in goods and services to at least £4.2 billion by 2015.

The Lib Dem leader was in Mexico with a delegation of business and education leaders.

Mr Clegg pledged to tap the huge amount of unrealised potential for trade between the UK and Mexico –which has one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

The collaboration deal between the University of Sheffield and the Mexican Council of Science and Technology will see the creation of a new centre for engineering and industrial development in the Central American country.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Waverley, between Sheffield and Rotherham, will be a model for the Mexican centre.