This essay provides a general assessment of scientific and technological research in Mexico. The problems faced by Mexican science are highlighted through quantitative indicators. The first, membership in the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, is significant became this distinction has had a major impact on the country's research and scientific development. An analysis of the expenditures of the federal government on science and technology demonstrates that these have been insufficient. Finally, the article explores some alternative approaches to increase the contributions of the private sector to scientific and technological research in Mexico. In agreement with the current view of many public educational institutions, the article concludes by emphasizing the need to strengthen university--industry relations.

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