What is CGIE?
Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Since 2008 The University of Texas at Austin operates an academic extension in Northeastern Mexico - the Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CGIE).
CGIE is conceptualized as a self-sustaining civil association that serves as a portal in which students, faculty, businesses and knowledge flow freely between Texas and Mexico.
CGIE is the first permanent physical presence of the University of Texas at Austin outside of the State of Texas responsible for liaising with institutions in Mexico and integrating these relationships with a wider global network of knowledge-sharing and best practices.
CGIE is designed to be a catalyst for creating links between individuals, academic communities, public and private institutions in Mexico with the University of Texas at Austin. It serves as a place where researchers at the University can conduct and collaborate with other researchers throughout Mexico; a classroom for teaching; and is considered a general resource for the University.
This center is located in the Parque de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica (PIIT) in Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico, where more than 30 research and development companies, universities and public research centers have been installed employing over 2200 researchers and technicians.
CGIE hosts a master's program, seminars and conferences and offer office space to house researchers as well as activities such as incubation for technology-based companies with the support of technology transfer and commercialization institutions.