The Ministry of Education of Spain for Mexico, attached to the Spanish Embassy, today presented the web portal Iberobecas, which brings together all information on aid to students and researchers in order to promote mobility between both countries.
"It is a portal that aims to democratize access to information about scholarships and financing lines that exist on the part of Spanish and Mexican institutions," Enrique Cortés, education counselor for the Spanish Embassy in Mexico, told Efe.
On the platform, a search engine allows access to all published offers, which add more than 15,000 scholarships.
Among the search criteria, the user can choose the destination (Mexico, Spain or Ibero-America), the area of knowledge, the level of studies (undergraduate, masters, doctorate, etc.), and type of scholarship.
The platform is in its first phase, with which agglutinates offers that have only been issued from Mexico and Spain. However, in the future and once it has been consolidated, it could open the doors to other Ibero-American countries.
However, the counselor recalled that "most of the scholarships given by Mexican and Spanish institutions are aimed at the Ibero-American public," and do not usually restrict applicants from other nations in the region.
Cortés noted that, to date, this information was presented in a "very fragmented and dispersed" manner, and this was one of the main obstacles for students.
Also, another of the most frequent obstacles were bureaucratic problems, especially as regards the revalidation of university degrees. A problem that, to understand the counselor, has already been solved.
In the portal, the Ministry wanted not to "discriminate" when including offers, so that both public and private institutions have a place.
The only requirement is that scholarships or soft loans are being offered, which excludes those subsidies that are less numerous and that "do not strengthen mobility in a solid way," Cortés said.
In addition to the search engine of offers, the web platform includes sections in which it is intended to encourage, through testimonies and videos, students to leave their country of origin and decide to study in other countries.
In the presentation, Cortés stressed that there are more and more companies that value informal skills, and not only university degrees, so going out to other countries contributes a plus, thanks to the ability to adapt and absorb new cultures. .
During the past year, the consulates of Spain in Mexico issued some 10,000 visas to go to study in Spain.