Brown, Mexican officials sign pacts on higher education, energy

Brown, Mexican officials sign pacts on higher education, energy
Standing in front of a mural by Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros, Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City on July 28. (Marco Ugarte / Associated Press)

Gov. Jerry Brown, on the third day of his trade mission here, signed two more agreements with Mexican officials on Tuesday.

The first, which was inked at the University of California's headquarters in Mexico City, is aimed at increasing collaboration in higher education.

Officials in each country would like to see more students crossing the border to study and conduct research. Currently, such education exchanges are limited, with only a few thousand students traveling from California to Mexico and vice versa.

"It just doesn't make sense, culturally and economically and academically that the numbers are so abysmal," said state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles).

The second agreement signed Tuesday pledges new partnerships on energy issues, including increasing the use of renewable sources. Officials are also exploring increasing the connections between energy grids in California and Baja California.

Both of the agreements are nonbinding, similar to one on climate change that Brown and Mexican officials signed Monday.